Top flight

By Davina Richards

When you envision a flight of stairs, what do you see?

Can you picture yourself walking into your entrance-way and being greeted by a majestic stairwell which captivates you with its grand sweeping stairs and smooth classic curves?

Sometimes a staircase can be as dull as the winter weather but architecture has evolved and there’s much more to your average stairway. They will transform your home to bring a true statement of design so you can walk up in style every step of the way.

If you’re planning to design and build a stairwell, here a few things to consider:

  • Your budget
  • Safety
  • Comfort
  • Building codes
  • The amount of space you have
  • Design details – such as width, number of steps, height and position, handrails and balustrades, and head clearance above the stair.

Quality materials will last a lifetime but the trick is to find a good compromise.

Be realistic about what you can afford and plan carefully when choosing a design and materials which will suit your surroundings and your lifestyle.

Designs are available in a wide range of contemporary and traditional styles, using materials such as wood, steel, glass, and marble. Many people choose to combine materials because it can reduce the overall cost, help to make the most out of the light and space available, and combining materials is a great way to achieve a contemporary style.

Maybe you’re looking for a traditional white staircase with contrasting dark railings and treads with a polished finish, wooden steps with glass panels, vintage colonial style design with cast iron balusters, or a modern floating stair masterpiece?

Don’t overlook staircases in your design process. Create an impact in your home with straight, spiral, curved, L-shaped, U-shaped, floating steps, or custom designed stairs for a style which reflects your home design flair and your personality.

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