Stephanie Owen. Staircase Understairs. October 08th , 2018.
Oak can be used in a variety of ways when you are making a staircase. However it can also be expensive so you may want to think about using it in specific areas. If you are going to be using carpet on your stairs you may be more interested in saving money by building the rest of the staircase out of another type of wood and save the oak for trim and railings.
'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.
'Start by thinking about the house as a whole and assess the areas where things are tight,' suggests architect Mark Dyson. 'Think about your priorities and how you need to use the space, then you can plan multifunctional zones.' Living in a restricted space means your home has to work much harder, but clever design, careful planning and a considered approach will allow it to run smoothly without compromising an inch of your own personal style.
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