Drawing Stairs Connected to a Deck or Porch

Reference Number: KB-00578
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional, Architectural, Suite, Interiors, Essentials, and Landscape & Deck covers


I need to create stairs that go from my deck and porch down to the ground. How do I do this?


When you draw stairs in a Home Designer program, you normally begin on the current floor and draw in an upward direction. The program seeks the exact height of the floor above and snaps the stairs to that height if at all possible. It produces stairs with consistent treads and risers in the process.

When you need stairs from a floor platform to the ground use the Click Stairs tool.

To draw stairs using the Click Stairs tool

  1. Select Build> Stairs> Click Stairs  from the menu. 

  2. Click at the lower level within a few feet of where the floor levels change.

    You now have stairs that go down instead of upwards.