Staircase design and space
Staircases are pretty common in homes having more than Ground floor level. Obviously, it has always been the first and the cheapest mode of vertical circulation in a structure. In fact, it is one of the building components that an owner often constructs in advance, considering future expansions. Thus, clever staircase design is a must when it comes to such buildings.
So when you are about to begin staircase design for the stairs in your home, pay attention to both technical and decorative aspects. Also, the style should never compromise the safety of the staircase.
1. Use the daylight and natural air.
Generally, staircases need a good amount of light and airiness. And the best way to go about it is, planning your head room ( the room that houses staircase) in such a spot. A spot that provides maximum daylight and a good amount of ventilation.
So,quite often you may see a central or center-corner location for staircase design. Not only do you save on power bills, you also can use playful ways such as mirrors or reflectors to add that spark in design.
Moreover, if privacy is your concern, you always have the option of using materials like patterned glass or glass brick that allows light in.
2. Be mindful of resources.
A clever staircase design makes two things happen: first, it uses all the resources in a no-waste manner. Secondly, the plan makes use of a staircase design that in itself, is waste reducing.
For example, while working with timber, one can opt for a closed/open stringer staircase without a riser. You can also save on newel posts, scotia and nosing details. This is also in view of preserving timber.
Another interesting resource saving feature is the handrail & balustrade. There are a wide varieties of handrail diameters. Again, you can save material on staircase design. Instead of broad handrail details, you can settle for simple designs.
3. Stay simple with design.
Simple staircase design not only adds charm to an interior, it also leaves a huge scope of further customization depending on an interior style.
Even the fact that certain materials make them fool proof in terms of design styles, add an attractive point to it. Say, a simple combination of MS handrail, balusters, stringer and wooden treads can add elegance to any type of interior.
4. Use standard dimensions.
While deciding the dimensions for a staircase, make sure you aren’t ‘customizing’ unless you can’t do without it. And that is because standards are comparatively cost- effective. So by opting for these, you not only save money, you also end up saving a lot of time.
A standard staircase is not only a speedy option, but it also ends up curbing a lot of labor issues. That is because the workers are already familiar with the site work and you don’t have to keep explaining.
5. Compare before you decide.
When you design a staircase, it is more than the shape and size. The prices of different materials vary from place to place and it only helps when you have a fair idea about it.
For example, in certain places, wood is more easily available than metal. Vice-versa can also happen. Along with it, the prices may vary.
Add to it, the extra works in each particular type of staircase design. Take, for example, a spiral staircase. The winders may save some space but may add to your costs.
Thus, before you decide on material and design, compare everything with your local market rates.
Seems like a big work? Well, then, hire an interior designer!
6. Make sure it is safe.
No matter what you do with the rest of your house, staircase design is a crucial element. When you design it, make sure to locate it in a place that is at an equally accessible distance to all. And that is why most of the times you spot it being centrally located in residences.
Also, staircases are the emergency exit ways in commercial buildings. So in either case, it is important that the material you choose allows people to use the staircase without damage. Here, instances like a fire are quite crucial.
That is why you see cement concrete staircases are pretty common these days. Not only are they economic, but they also provide good amount of security.
Staircases are integral to any type of structure that expands vertically. See to it that your design fulfills the basic requirements all the while staying true to its value.