Planning a stairway inside a finished building is always a balance between the comfort and the area (in m²). Before starting it, you should ask yourself a few important questions:
Do you own a house or a duplex apartment (a maisonette)? Are you considering, which type of stairway would complement your interior the best without occupying too much usable space?
If you do, we are going to give you some tips and advices on how to connect the floors with the optimal use of space.
Before deciding to contract a specialized company for the implementation of the staircase, you should consider several aspects of the construction, since it is very difficult to do any changes in an already completed staircase.
The Important Aspects Of A Staircase
The most important thing is planning the space properly. It means that you should have an idea of how you are going to use the space around and under the stairs. A sufficiently large area should be defined for stairs, so that they meet the parameters for safe walking.
In particular, it is the slope of the stair bending, the proportions between the steps, the width of the individual steps (which should be around 30 cm) and their height (between 15 and 18 cm). These are the parameters enabling comfortable walking. In case you do not have too much space and yet you want the stairs in your apartment, you can choose a simpler staircase with a steeper slope.
Do Not Forget The Railing
Another important element, when making a staircase, is the railings, which should not be missing if you live in a house with children or elderly people. Even the railings have their parameters. The cross pieces should be spaced about 13 cm and the handle should be at a height of about 110 cm over each individual step. After solving these technical parameters, you can proceed to the aesthetic aspect.
The Staircase As The Dominant Or A Supplement?
The appearance is another important feature of your staircase as it determines whether the staircase will be an eye attracting dominant or merely a practical piece connecting the floors. You can choose from a variety of materials. You can have the stairs made of glass, metal, wood, but also of brick lined with wood, ceramic or stone. The return to natural materials is trendy now. The typology is diverse, as well; the most common are the spindle, the rotary and the spine staircases.
The Price Of The Staircase
The price depends on its shape, type and the material used; the assembling is likely to be charged separately, in a contract. The home staircases can be acquired only individually by means of contracts. A part of the payment is usually carried out in advance and the rest of it is paid after the completion of the work.
Does The Staircase Create A Usable Space?
The last decisions you have to make before the actual implementation is the use of the space in close proximity of the staircase. The space underneath it, in particular, is effectively used very often. At this location, you can set up a cloakroom or a chamber, where seasonal things can be stored and hidden. However, if the area is larger, you can also use the space as a study or you can accommodate a part of the kitchen units there (of course only in the case the stairs are a part of the kitchen).
It is very often to have built-in wardrobes or shelving systems made under stately staircases, as they can also be hidden by means of a curtain, a sliding door or shutters. If you want the staircase (not the space underneath it) to attract the attention, you can have only a small niche for a flowers or books made under the stairs. A very luxury solution is a tailor-made wine fridge under the stairs.
The Basic Questions
How and where will you enter the staircase? Will it be near the entrance door, the door to the basement or another room?
Do you want your stairs to be more open or do you prefer it to be hidden? How much and from which angle should it be seen?
Will the staircase open into the hallway or an open space?
Is it possible to devote a small room (or a part of a room) in the ground floor to the staircase?
If the staircase does not fit in any place inside the body of the house, is it possible to plan an external staircase?