Melody Wooten. Staircase Understairs. October 05th , 2018.
Whether indoors or outdoors, a staircase always presents a unique and at times challenging decorating opportunity; and while some people simply choose not to rise to the occasion and leave their staircases bare, the braver amongst us often choose to use our staircases to make bold decorating statements. Depending on your personal style, there are thousands of different and creative ways that you can express yourself utilizing your staircase as a canvas. In reality, the potential decorating options are virtually limitless, and if you are particularly creative, decorating your staircase can be the perfect way to display your talents.
Flights should have a handrail on at least one side if they are less than 1m wide, and on both sides if they are wider. The minimum height for a rail is 90cm, and there is no need for one beside the bottom two steps. Spindles should be no more than 10cm apart.
'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.'
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