Mariyah Cobb. Staircase Understairs. October 12th , 2018.
'Ninety per cent of new staircases are constructed to create access to a loft conversion,' says Mark Dyson. 'The pitch of the roof can make constructing a flight difficult and, if this is the case, alternate-tread stairs can be the answer. These have one tread for the left foot and another for the right, and mean the angle of the stairs can be tighter, increased from 42 to 65 degrees.' Consider who will need to use them, as they are trickier to negotiate than standard stairs. It can also be hard to move furniture up and down them.
A Bullnose, D-end or curtail step can be added to the bottom of a staircase. If a continuous handrail is used and it ends with a decorative volute, the staircase will have a curtail step at the bottom that accommodates the volute newel post and spindles that will support the volute. A bullnose step is curved on one or both sides, while the tread of a D-end step passes the newel post on the balustrade which then returns back into the side of the newel post.
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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