In most homes, staircases are a very vital component. Having a well-designed staircase serves a very functional purpose of allowing people access to the upper floors of the building. In residential houses, it mainly serves as a means of connecting one floor to the other, often a mezzanine or bedroom, garden areas or sundeck. Besides the functionality purposes of staircases, they also provide aesthetic value to a home. While most of us hardly get to choose our staircases all the time, staircases are available in various designs, hence the need for being very specific when choosing what we want. This is particularly true for people that get to plan their own homes. Below we look at some considerations you should make when deciding on the most ideal staircase for your house.
Similar to other aspects of construction, budget is a key factor that should come to play when deciding the most ideal staircase design for your house. Using your budget, you can be well guided on the kind of materials you should choose for constructing your stairs, and the style you should use. For instance, staircases made of aluminum metal are highly cost-effective, especially compared against other materials such as solid timber. However, to take advantage of various materials’ unique advantages, you could choose to makes them fit your ideal price range. On that note, do proper research on the kind of staircase you would like and seek some quotes. This should guide you on whether your allocated budget for the stairs is sufficient enough for the kind of stairs you had in mind.
When constructing your house, be particularly keen on the space available and then proceed to come up with a good design that won’t consume a lot of space unnecessarily. For people fortunate enough to have ample space to work with, a large decorative staircase and be opted for. For instance, straight staircases will often occupy lots of space in the rooms below, but will need thin, long rectangular openings in the space above. Spiral staircases, on the other hand, consume less space in the rooms below, but require circular or square openings in the rooms above. This often leads to them consuming more space in the rooms above. Spiral staircases are perhaps more ideal in houses where the staircase can be squeezed into the corners of rooms, or where they can fit into larger spaces, allowing a particular feature to be made of the staircase.
Arguably, above everything else, you should consider the safety of your staircase. Nowadays, building regulations are intended to assist homeowners, especially considering the minimum width requirements in various applications. Following the regulations and due diligence, ensure that your staircase does not feature gaps exceeding 100 mm, which prevents children from climbing through balusters. On that note, spiral staircases if designed well can be just as safe as standard staircases and should therefore not be deemed dangerous at all. When designing your staircase, consider the people who will occupy the house e.g. if the occupants will be children and seniors, make use of handrails and landing plates.