Staircase Understairs. Monday , October 22nd , 2018 - 16:58:48 PM
'Ideally, a staircase should be at least 80cm wide,' says Mark Dyson. The head room (the height between the level of a tread and the structure immediately above it) needs to be at least 2m, and the maximum pitch for a domestic flight is 42 degrees. Straight flights are limited to 36 consecutive steps. If there are more than 36, the flight should make a change of direction of at least 30 degrees.
Spiral staircases wind around a central pole and have a handrail on the outer side only. Helical stairs do not have a central pole and there is a handrail on both sides. If a spiral staircase is being used to access a single room, it must be at least 1500mm in diameter. But if the spiral goes up to more than one room, it is classed as a main staircase and needs to be at least 1900mm. 'Bear in mind that the opening in which your spiral fits needs to be 100mm wider than the spiral itself,' says Sally Noseda, director of Oakleaf Industries. Many spiral staircases are available in kit form from about £800, but only go up to 1600mm wide. A bespoke spiral would start at £3,000. It can be difficult to get furniture up and down, so move large items in before you install the stairs.
Although some may see a staircase as a purely practical feature, in fact, your staircase can dramatically alter the character and feel of your home. In particular, your stairway can significantly contribute to the first impression of house guests, particularly if it is the first thing they see when they come to visit. Before refurbishing or designing a staircase, it is important to think about the overall result. Are you going to have an open, sweeping staircase or an enclosed stairway that conforms to the internal structure of your home? This decision is likely to affect the type of stair parts you require to complete your staircase design.
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