CHAPTER 15 Creating Stairs and Railings

Creating stairs and railings in Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software can be challenging. In addition, stairs and railings are often sculptural as well as functional, and there’s a limit to the amount of customization you can design with the provided tools and commands.

An entire book can be written about mastering stairs and railings in Revit, considering the breadth of functionality in these tools and the unlimited number of design configurations they can be used to create. Instead of walking through a few examples of creating stairs and railings, this chapter will give you foundational knowledge about the rules, parts, and key functionality of these tools so that you can use them in the most effective way possible for your own designs. We will also give you some ideas to tackle tougher design challenges by thinking beyond the default tools.

In this chapter, you’ll learn to:

  • Understand the key components of stairs and railings
  • Understand the different stair tools and apply them to custom designs
  • Design railings and use the Railing tool for other model elements
  • Implement best practices

Designing Stairs and Railings

Designing and iterating complex stairs and railings in any software application can be difficult. You will need to thoroughly understand the rules and constraints of the application—in effect, learn the language of the application. To communicate fluently in that language, you need to be able to think fluently. You almost ...

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