Joanna Washington. Staircase Understairs. October 09th , 2018.
You'll want to use a manufacturer who uses solid timber that is the highest quality and is not engineered or laminated. That way you know the quality and look of your stairs will remain for many years. American White Oak or European Oak are particularly popular choices for curved staircases. However, they can actually produce staircases using a variety of different timbers, including softer pine woods such as Whitewood and Redwood.
Straight doesn't have to equal dull, and it's possible to modernise less than lovely stairs with cladding, such as timber, tile or stone. Many modern homes have stairs built in concrete, which is ideal for resurfacing. If you're updating a less sturdy staircase, make sure it's sound by cladding with marine plywood before affixing any sort of tiles, otherwise they might crack. 'You can re-clad a staircase in oak for about £500-£1,000, depending on the balustrade you choose,' says Vanessa Garrett, director of Broadleaf Timber. 'This is a much more accessible solution if you don't have a huge budget, would rather not embark on big structural changes or are limited by space.'
Whether you are customising a staircase or simply remodelling your stairs, your stairway should be the main focal point in your home. The material out of which your staircase treads or handrail are made can make a significant difference to the visual impact of your staircase. From expensive timbers such as Brazilian wood or other exotic hardwoods to the more affordable classic oak, there are a wide range of materials to choose from.
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