Kallie Meadows Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-09 14:05:28. If you are living in a small home, one of the things you need to consider very carefully is where you can economize on space. One of the things that tends to come up time after time is the amount of space a traditional staircase takes - and the amount of space underneath the stairs that often tends to get wasted in many homes. However, it doesn't have to be like that: you really can do something about changing your traditional staircase for one of the many space saving staircases now available on the market - some of them retailing at quite economical prices. Why is it that the traditional staircase tends to take up so much space, though?
Harlow Cruz Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-12 05:33:56. 'Built-in bathroom cabinets don't need to be any more than 4in deep,' says architect Mark Dyson. 'It's possible to dismantle a stud wall and replace it with structural MDF carcases to create storage without devouring precious floor space.' 'Lift units off the floor,' says Guy Morgan Harris. 'A room looks bigger if you can see the whole floor up to the walls.' 'Mirrors can be used to great effect, but too much can look kitsch,' says Mark Dyson. 'An L-shaped mirror [that goes round a corner] can quadruple the feeling of volume.' Boxed-in cisterns provide the opportunity to create extra storage, and why not reclaim the area under a built-in bath with bespoke drawers for towels or bath toys? 'We installed a raised walk-in shower where the floor lifts up to reveal a bath,' says architect Paul McAneary. 'It also turns into a steam cabin, so it's multifunctional and compact.'
Naya Pacheco Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-09 14:52:55. Recoup valuable space by forgoing bedside tables. Instead, install a shelf on the wall behind the bed that can be used for bedtime reading material and an alarm clock. You can't compromise on the size of your bed, but you can try to make it work harder. Underbed boxes or beds with built-in drawers or shelves utilise the redundant area underneath. Flip-up beds also ensure space is put to good use. Remember, too, that low-level beds are less visually dominating than lofty princess-and-the-pea style ones.
Melody Wooten Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-14 01:05:11.
Mariyah Cobb Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-09 22:50:01. One thing that you need to be careful of when you are planning your staircase is the proportions of the stairs. If the height of the steps or the angle at which they are positioned is one we are not accustomed to we may find that the staircase does not feel comfortable to climb or descend. In fact, there are regulations and building codes which dictate how high a step can be and what the maximum angle that the steps can be positioned at will be.
Laney Morris Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-13 14:35:14. 'In stairwells, remove the balustrades and fill the gap with book shelves. You can also use landings or even half landings (where stairs turn) to house a condensed work station or mini library,' says architect Mark Dyson. A compact office can be hidden in a cupboard, so it's instantly tidied away at the end of the day. A window ledge can be widened to create a cosy seat. Spiral stairs can be a great space saver, as can alternate-tread ones that allow staircases to rise at a steeper angle.
Mariyah Cobb Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-12 15:34:16. If noise is an issue, glass is an excellent absorber of sound, so having glass panels as part of your staircase can be an effective sound-proofing device. If sound-proofing is not a big concern, creating an old world feel with wooden spindles or railings can give a staircase a classic, yet elegant feel. One way in which this can be done is by using spindles and oil-tipped bronze railings, which is a less expensive yet striking way of embellishing a staircase for those looking for an affordable option in a tough economy.
Gabriella Cabrera Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-11 18:33:09. Your budget will determine how ornate your staircase will be. You should determine a rough budget before you go looking to see what is available. Remember that if you are interested in a custom staircase which has hand crafted elements you will end up paying much more than machine carved accents may be. You will also find that models which are curved may be more expensive because it is more labor intensive to produce them because they may need to me shaped or curved by hand and may take longer to make.
Mariyah Cobb Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-13 22:03:44. Another very popular type of material for staircases is a mixture of steel stairs and supports and glass panels. These create a really modern look and a lot of newer houses will have them. As well as looking modern, they also create a sense of space which many people are looking for.
Valerie Bullock Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-12 01:23:33. In terms of renovation, replacing a staircase is akin to knocking down a structural wall. But if your stairs are badly positioned, oppressive, or hinder light flow through the house, then it's worth considering, as a new flight can make all the difference. Always consult an architect or a specialist company, as it's critical that a new staircase fits in both proportionally and stylistically. 'A staircase is always interfacing with another area of the house, so there are lots of elements to consider,' says Richard McLane, co-director of staircase specialist Bisca. 'The middle section of the staircase can be quite straightforward, but the connections to rest of the building should be seamless.'
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