In addition to being a vehicle to transport people from one storey to another, staircases can also serve as a centrepiece in double-storey homes. As with any decision for new home design, there are many different aspects to consider including, but not limited to material, style and cost. This article will provide you with some tips and inspiration to help you choose the right staircase for your new home design.
Before you start
Before thinking about staircase aesthetics in your new home design, think about the practicality and functionality of your proposed staircase. Consider which materials will be used for the stair treads, balustrades, stair posts and handrails, especially if you have children or the elderly living in your home. Other logistical implications to consider include the size and layout of the stairs. Additionally, for multi-storey homes on the smaller side, it is wise to think about adding storage compartments underneath the staircase. If you live in a colder climate, carpeting your stairs may also be an option. Finally, it is always important to take into account the short-term and long-term costs of various staircase options.
Pick out your unique style
A unique standout staircase can not only become the centrepiece of a double-storey home but can also draw attention to other interior design elements of a home. Not only does this enhance the overall aesthetic of your new home design, but this centrepiece may also increase the value of your home should you choose to sell. There are many types of staircases to choose from, each offering their own advantages:
- Straight staircases: A classic and common choice. Straight staircases are affordable and easy to build as they do not need any extra support and whilst allowing for easy installation of handrails and additional railings.
- L-Shaped and U-Shaped staircases: As the names suggest, these are straight staircases with a sharp turn. Whilst L-shaped stairs offer a turn to either the left or right, U-shaped staircases turn in the opposite direction. Both these options offer more variation than a traditional straight staircase and can take up less linear space. Additionally, these types of staircases feature a landing step, which can be easier to navigate.
- Spiral staircases: These staircases are very unique and can make a statement. Spiral staircases are perfect for smaller multi-storey houses as they do not take up a lot of room.
- Split or bifurcated staircases: This is a staircase that few will miss. If your home is large and spacious, this staircase will emphasise your new home design in all its grandiosity.
These are just some of the staircase layouts one can choose from. Choosing the right staircase for your new home design can be a time-consuming process. However, taking the time to research and consult with designers, builders and other family members can help you choose the right staircase for your new home design.
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