Melody Wooten. Staircase Understairs. October 14th , 2018.
The cut strings of curved and splayed staircases will be cut to accommodate the shape of the treads and risers. The strings are connected to the treads and risers of the stairs by three-way mitre joints to provide the staircase with additional strength. The cut strings of a staircase can be further embellished by adding return nosings to conceal the end grain of the treads to provide a clean, smooth and finished look. A return nosing is a rounded moulding used to trim the treads.
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.
To start with you need to be aware that staircases can now be made from a range of materials. The most common is still a timber set of stairs which can be made out of different woods. Most homes will have a staircase like this and the majority will cover them in carpet.
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