Briar Mayer. Staircase Understairs. September 17th , 2018.
In terms of renovation, replacing a staircase is akin to knocking down a structural wall. But if your stairs are badly positioned, oppressive, or hinder light flow through the house, then it's worth considering, as a new flight can make all the difference. Always consult an architect or a specialist company, as it's critical that a new staircase fits in both proportionally and stylistically. 'A staircase is always interfacing with another area of the house, so there are lots of elements to consider,' says Richard McLane, co-director of staircase specialist Bisca. 'The middle section of the staircase can be quite straightforward, but the connections to rest of the building should be seamless.'
The people living in a house use staircases present in the house every day. This means that the prioritization of situation needs is required as well. For instance, does the family living in the house include a baby? Or does the family has a senior member living with them or are there little kids living with the family. These factors need to be taken into account if one desires to provide comfort to himself or herself along with his or her family. One would not want to select a staircase design that provides no comfort. One needs to discuss with one's family members first so that proper decisions can be made about the design that satisfies all the requirements.
'In stairwells, remove the balustrades and fill the gap with book shelves. You can also use landings or even half landings (where stairs turn) to house a condensed work station or mini library,' says architect Mark Dyson. A compact office can be hidden in a cupboard, so it's instantly tidied away at the end of the day. A window ledge can be widened to create a cosy seat. Spiral stairs can be a great space saver, as can alternate-tread ones that allow staircases to rise at a steeper angle.
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