Staircases are often seen as one of the most functional parts of a house, used to pass between levels. But there’s nothing that says staircases need to be simply functional and can instead be decorative, unusual or even offer extra benefits. And with these innovative styles of staircase, you can increase the value of your property, make it more appealing to buyers or even to potential tenants.
Choosing a style of staircase
When you plan to spend money on renovating or changing the staircase in your property, then there are a few things to consider. The steepness of the stairs is something that can be a big problem for some potential buyers or tenants, especially if they have children or older family members. A flowing, gentle staircase may be more attractive for these people.
In other homes, the look of the staircase is crucial. Open plan living is a big trend and this often means that the staircase is in the living room. Therefore, people are often drawn to styles that look great, allow plenty of light to flow from upstairs and is an attractive feature in the room.
Finally, always consider the safety aspect of any staircase and have it designed by experts. You need to be certain that it fits within building regulations and offers the safety features you are required to include for rented properties. Even if you don’t plan to sell the house, you still want to reduce the risk of an accident on the stairs as much as possible by using the right safety elements at all times. A good staircase designer will flawlessly incorporate these into the design to make them harmonious and equally attractive.
Helical staircases are often used in apartments, hotels and entrance areas to create a feature of the staircase while using less room than a traditional straight style. Helical staircases don’t need a newel and there are handrails on both sides. As well as being circular in shape, they can also be elliptical or oval in shape and the design means you can even have two different designs of helical staircase in the same space. Experts in making these staircases often offer custom built styles to ensure they exactly match your space.
Steel & metal staircases have often been associated with functional, exterior styles but the modern variations are also great for indoor areas of the home too. There are a number of different designs that work in this material including straight, quarter landing and half landing styles and a single area of stairs can be up to 16 in number so can cover a range of spaces. These materials can result in bespoke staircases that are very modern in appearance and also very strong.
Cantilever glass staircases are at the very cutting edge of modern looks and offer that almost-invisible style that looks great in modern or recently renovated properties. These ultra-sleek looking staircases use special glass that is tempered, laminated and chemically treated to make it strong enough for the job and can be combined with steel and metal elements to create the look you want.