Staircase Materials and Design - More Than Just a Way of Getting From One Level to Another
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Staircase Materials and Design
From simple outdoor stairs linking one level of the garden to another to ornate interior staircases, there is a staircase design to suit any home.
Stairs can be made from virtually any material – timber, stainless steel, aluminium, concrete and even glass. However, outdoor staircases are traditionally built from timber, concrete or stainless steel, as they are both safe and aesthetically pleasing. As staircases are so versatile, they can suit any home, from the most traditional to the most contemporary. Stairs can be straight, curved or geometric and they can be simple or complicated.
As far as design goes, the treads – or the steps that you walk on – should be wide enough to walk on comfortably and safely but apart from that there are no real guidelines as to the look of your stairs. It is simply a matter of integrating them to match with the rest of your home. An architect can help you design the best staircase for your needs, whether it is for the interior or exterior of your home.
When you are choosing a staircase for your home, it is important that you match it to the style of your home. Also take into consideration what your needs are. Is it mainly for practicality or will you be making a design feature of it? The floor of your home should match your stairs, or in case where this is not possible, the staircase and the floor should complement each other.
Depending on their location, staircases may not have much natural light. If possible, install windows and, if light levels are low, use balustrades and handrails that will not block out the light. Finally, consider the safety aspects. Consider using different materials on the exits and entrances of the staircase so that the change is both visual and tactile.