Adding Patio Stairs
To add patio stairs:
1. Click Add Patio
2. Draw the outline of
the top of the stairs by clicking to add points. Press Backspace to
remove the last point. Press Esc to cancel.
3. Right-click at the
last point when finished.
The shape of patio stairs is determined by the outline of
the top step. Both straight and curved stairs are supported.
In the following example, the Patio object was used for the
top, and the Patio Stairs object was used for the stairs. The stairs were
created by drawing along the top of the patio.
Creating Complex Shapes
Using the closed option, the shape that defines the
top step can be closed. This can be used to create circular, hexagonal, and
other types of stairs. In the following example, the top is a circular Patio
object. The stairs were created using the Patio Stairs object by drawing around
the perimeter of the patio.
Stairs can be used independently of the Patio object. That is, you do not have
to attach them to an existing patio. This makes them useful for adding stairs to
a hillside and other custom applications.
ensure the shape of the stairs matches the shape of the patio, use the Save and Load shape commands. First,
select the patio and save its shape using the Save Shape command. Then, add a
patio stairs object using the Load Shape command. Finally, edit the stairs'
points as needed to achieve the desired shape.
best results, set the elevation of the patio stairs to the height of the patio
minus the step rise. This will make the rise (height) of the first step
consistent with the rest.
Adding a Patio