This is superb news. If you include handrails and also dog leg and ‘L’ shaped stairs you’ll be on to a real winner. I’d also build-in the ability to add steps (single or multiple) into half landings too as this is often the only workable compliant solution in tight spaces. Great to see you guys pushing the boundaries. Love your work. You might just save SketchUp at this rate!
Great news yes. Personally I’d say that if the tool does the various possibilities structurally it should be fine as longs as components are used. The range of possibilities for balustrades and handrails together with inlays, finishes, nosings, etc. is so wide that I’d rather take the time to customize the components particular to the application than try to fiddle with numerous settings to see what it comes out like only to end up doing a partial custom job anyway. Remember to work in landings and being able to set governing parameters for that.
I don’t agree. Handrails are an integral and fundamental part of a stair and can have a major impact on it’s routing to ensure compliance. Inlays, finishings and nosings, and even balustrading, are decoration (or infill) that can be added at a later stage and have no impact on routing or structure.
Yes, the possibilities are endless and variations of handrails can get out of hand, so to speak. We’ll try to keep things as simple as possible where you could then build upon it to reach what you need.
Let’s say we’ll have a FlexStair component for each staircase type, like one for a linear staircase, another for dog legged, another for ‘L’. For each of these types, what parameters would you find most necessary to define the landings?
Just wanted to give a quick shout out to FlexTools. I’ve been using this plugin for well over a year now, loving the flexibility and the options it presents. In addition with a easy to use and efficient renderer such as Enscape it really adds to the speed of our workflow and lets us create and reiterate presentations pretty darn fast. Love it!