Author: Ron Palma Revit
A little history about stair and railing files in Revit

Much to my delight, several years ago Revit provided some sample stair and railing files that provided inspiration for designers working with these elements.  These files were helpful, because let’s face it, people don’t necessarily get excited about stairs and railings.

A little while later, Revit 2013 introduced a few new tools for stairs and railings, including component stairs and railings with a top and handrail that could be edited separately. This was a great development, but unfortunately the sample files were not updated

Eureka! Stair and railing sample files have been updated

Recently, while looking for these files to help get the creative juices flowing for a class I was teaching,  I found that  the sample files had been updated! They now take advantage of component stairs, top rails, and handrails. Just what we needed!

This is great news! However, I will pass along a word of warning: although the samples files have been updated, not all stair samples are component stairs, and not all railing samples include a top or handrail... I tried a few of the samples with the new Revit 2018 functionality, such as the new Multistory Stair and the ability of the railing to be hosted along a sloping surface, and they seem to work wonderfully.

Download the files by accessing these links:

Copy and paste them into your projects or use them as inspiration for that new Stairway to Heaven!

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          Ron Palma
Ron Palma
AEC Application Specialist

Ron has 25+ years of experience in the architectural industry as a drafter, designer, lead project designer, trainer, and a CAD manager implementing Autodesk Architectural Solutions for residential design firms. His instructional accomplishments include: Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), trainer, support technician, educator at Portland and Clackamas Community Colleges, as well as a U.S. Army certified instructor. Ron holds a BA in Instructional Design suma cum laude, is a member of the Oregon Army National Guard, where he is a First Sergeant of an Infantry Company, specializing in training and mentoring soldiers in their careers, and has been deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support. Ron is a published author and continues to write professional technical training manuals and shorts for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, and Revit. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional, Ron continues to provide Revit Architecture and AutoCAD training and support for various AEC firms. Find Ron on Twitter.

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