Revit 2014 – Structural Stairs from Architectural Stairs


Link to YouTube Video:

I have been asked a number of times during training and project work how you would create an In-situ staircase within Revit Structure. If you use an Architectural Staircase then the object will not join to structural walls. Often you may need to change levels and positions of rises and tread levels to accommodate architects finishes which is also not easy with the standard stair tools.

Plan and Elevation of Stairs


The answer is to create an In-Place model of the stairs using a category such as Floors. This will allow the user to adjust rises and all geometry of the stair case and join to slabs and walls where necessary.

The first stage is to create an architectural stair as a place holder and a guide for the new geometry. You will also need to create a suitable 3D sectional view to create work planes and project the edge of the existing stair flights.

Stair core 3D View


You then create an in-place family and choose the floor or wall category and then set a work plane on the correct face. The key then is to pick the lines and make sure that you lock the lines to the stair faces (Check the box on the options bar!)

Pick lines and lock geometry


You can then assign a structural material to the new staircase and join it to existing walls and floors.

In Place Staircase Joined to wall and Slab


Anyway, if you haven’t tried this work flow I suggest giving it a go.

Link to YouTube Video:




6 thoughts on “Revit 2014 – Structural Stairs from Architectural Stairs

  1. Nice trick. In-place families always do it 🙂 But one practical remark: often the landing on the wall is executed in different material. So join is not always necessary in that case. Also stairs can join with floors with Revit 2014.

  2. Thank for that help but still a problem. How to get analytical model of the structural stair if you what to send it in robot or other analysis software.

  3. You are doing great work, keep up the spirit.
    One small question have u looked in to books from Sdc publications, Iam planning to buy they are little costly. WHat is your feedback on those books in revit structures point of view

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s