Modelling the stairs- the steps.

When prepping myself for this task, I wanted to have a basic starting point for the modelling, but I also did not want to rely on tutorials. I found Mike Hermes tutorial (below) gave a good basis for this, primarily when trying to separate each of the individual pieces that combine to make the stairs.

Basic stair model by Mike Hermes. (YouTube, 2016).

I wanted to create the stairs as close to real life measurements as possible. So, I consulted the internet to have a look at stair schematics to achieve this accuracy, albeit I doubt Cowboys could generally care less about safety speculations for stairways.

Each step is broken down into two main measurements; the going and the rise. The rise is the full height measured between the two top surfaces, the maximum rise in public stairwells is 220mm. The going is measured between two tips of the two steps. In public stairwells, the minimum going is 220mm. (, 2016).



This diagram helped explain the different measurements to consider when modelling the stairs. (, 2016).

The stairs themselves should have a maximum pitch of 42 degrees (angle of the flight). The width should also 1200mm across (or 1000mm between hand rails). (Homebuilding & Renovating, 2012).

Below is my model of the stairs- fairly basic and simple. Not the hardest thing to start of with to get me back into the swing of things. The fun part will be getting the banister to comply with the spindle height.


Adding the  railing to the stairs was not as hard I had originally thought- thank the lord.


YouTube. (2016). Maya 2014 tutorial : How to model a staircase. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Oct. 2016]. (2016). Regulations explained UK. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Oct. 2016].

Homebuilding & Renovating. (2012). Staircase Design Guide – Homebuilding & Renovating. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Oct. 2016].

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