How to plan the perfect staircase
How to Plan the Perfect Staircase
A staircase is not an area that you think about renovating very often. However, you don't just have to live with what's currently there if it doesn't really suit the style of the property or work with the layout. It is possible to update your staircase, and by following these simple steps you'll ensure you get it right.
Planning a New Staircase
This won't be an easy job, so it's essential that you plan everything carefully beforehand. During the renovation you'll have very limited or no access to the upper floors, but once the work's complete it could revolutionise your property. A new staircase could allow more natural light into the house or make better use of the available space.
As this is a hugely specialised area you need to get some expert advice, either from an architect or a specialist manufacturer such as Bradfabs. They will be able to talk you through the entire process and work with you to ensure that the design fits in, both in terms of space and the style of the property. There are lots of areas to consider, including structural issues and building regulations.
What's Your Budget?
There's no hiding from the fact that this won't be a cheap job. The exact price, though, will depend on the final design and your specifications, including the types of materials you want to use. For example, a curved staircase is more technically complex and will, therefore, cost more to install than a simple straight structure. It's worth getting a bespoke service such as the one provided by Bradfabs and not skimping on the quality of the products you use. This way you'll get a staircase that actually fits in the space available and lasts for years to come.
This is undoubtedly the most important area, as it's what will have the visual impact. You need to think carefully about how long you'll be living with the new staircase and whether you want a more classic design or to follow the latest trends, such as floating structures. You need to take into account the overall interior design of your property, as you want a staircase that complements existing features. There is a wide range of materials that can be used for manufacturing staircases, including steel, and a combination of two can work particularly well.
Whatever the final design of your staircase, you should definitely focus on the quality of both materials and workmanship. This will ensure you have a staircase that is safe and built to last.