In this stage, you can use the drawing tools to create custom hardscapes and raised areas, or take advantage of the templates available in the library.
Height: This option allows the hardscape height to be adjusted.
Height Label: By default, the height of the hardscape i displayed. Uncheck this option to hide this label in the 2D view and in Construction.
Coping: Toggle that allows you to add or remove coping to a selected hardscape.
Coping Width: This control allows you to adjust the overall width of the coping. The limit ranges from 1″ to 18″. Coping options will change the way Area is calculated on Hardscapes. Under Object Properties, the Hardscape area and the Coping area values will both be displayed.
Lip Height: This control allows the height of the Lip to be adjusted from 1″ to 6″. Default is 3″.
Edge Trim: Toggle allows you to add or remove edge trim to the corners of a selected hardscape.
Edge Trim Width: This control allows you to adjust the overall width of the edge trim. The limit ranges from 1″ to 6″.
Lip Style: Here you can select the lip style for your coping from the drop-down menu. A preview of each style is to the left of the name.
To add a staircase, left-click the Create Staircase button. When you move your cursor to the viewport, the staircase will follow until you left-click to place it.
Staircases will automatically snap to to any shape they touch. The staircase will extend to the length of the line or arc it is attached to and stairs will be created from the top of the shape down to the next lowest platform or ground.
Once the staircase is placed, you can customize the Staircase by using Staircase Options below.
Depth: This control allows you to adjust the depth (or width) of each step
Height: This control allows you to adjust the height (or rise) of each step.
Auto Height: This button automatically adjusts the staircase to fit. For example, if Auto Height is selected and you change the height of each step, the step count will automatically change.
Thickness: This control allows you to adjust the height of the cap/lip of each step.
Step Count: This control allows you to adjust the number of individual steps in the selected staircase.
Auto Step Count: This button automatically adjusts the number of steps in the selected staircase. For example, if Auto Step Count is selected and you change the depth of each step, the step count will automatically change.
Risers: This toggle allows you to add or remove risers to the staircase.
Skirt: This option allows you to add a skirt to the staircase.
Stringer: This option allows you to add stringers to the sides of the staircase.
Stringer Type: With Stringer active, choose between Cut Out or Solid stringers.
Align Material: This toggle allows you to have the material follow the angle of the stringer.
Flip Underground: This toggle allows you to change the direction the staircase faces. This tool is useful when making staircases to lower areas such as to a sunken seating area.
Follow Contour: This toggle allows you to follow the contour of an arc around a shape, for shapes like spiral staircases.
Convert To Hardscapes: This button allows you to convert the staircase to editable shapes in the Hardscapes Stage.
Convert To Custom: This control allows you to convert the staircase to editable shapes in the Custom Shapes Stage.
The Library contains templates of previously drawn hardscape shapes. The templates are organized by Type under the Hardscapes Category in the Design Tab.
Select the hardscape template you wish to insert and either click the Insert One button or double left click on the image of the template. When you move your cursor to the viewport, the template will follow until you left-click to place the item. You can also save templates you have drawn for future use with the Save button.