The Lat­est Stair­case Ideas

THE LAT­EST STAIR­CASES A stair­case, so of­ten the fo­cal point of a home, needs to marry prac­ti­cal­ity, safety and style. Nick Rob­bins ex­plains how to en­sure you travel be­tween floors in style and on bud­get

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Ffrom Fall­ing, in­d­ing volves and proved art. Col­li­sion the strik­ing Doc­u­ment The right stair­case and a stair­case bal­ance K: Im­pact, has 2007 for to be­tween which your adhere — Pro­tec­tion home lays science to Ap- out inthe parts, min­i­mum rules gov­ern­ing and max­i­mum the pres­ence di­men­sions of handrails of the stair and the pitch of the stair­case. And, with an es­ti­mated fall on the stairs ev­ery 90 sec­onds in the UK*, it’s vi­tal that your stair­case is safe. But, as Bisca’s de­sign di­rec­tor Richard Mcclane says, it also plays an art­ful role: “The stair­case is part of the ar­chi­tec­ture and the spine of the house, pro­vid­ing ac­cess be­tween all lev­els. Of­ten it is in the en­trance hall and is the first thing seen by vis­i­tors, cre­at­ing a first and last­ing im­pres­sion.” Whether you’re build­ing a stair­case in your self­build or re­plac­ing or ren­o­vat­ing an ex­ist­ing one, you could con­tact a joiner, go through one of the kit stair­case man­u­fac­tur­ers or ap­proach a spe­cial­ist stair­case com­pany. There are even com­pa­nies who spe­cialise in stair­case makeovers if your ex­ist­ing set is struc­turally sound. Re­gard­less of the style and de­sign, the Build­ing Reg­u­la­tions re­main the same and the same mea­sure­ments will need to be taken. You can leave this to a de­signer or joiner, but it can save time and ex­pe­dite the de­sign process if you do this your­self. (You’ll need to sup­ply th­ese mea­sure­ments if or­der­ing a kit stair­case from an on­line man­u­fac­turer — though they will guide you through the process.) David Clay­ton, stu­dio de­signer at Cheshire Mould­ings, ex­plains: “First, de­cide on the size and lay­out of the new stair­case. You will need to mea­sure the to­tal rise; cal­cu­late the in­di­vid­ual rise of each step and how many ris­ers will be re­quired for the stair­case; work out the num­ber of treads re­quired, which is one less than your num­ber of ris­ers; and estab­lish the tread size, or ‘go­ing’.” The ad­vice from the ex­perts is to con­sider your stair­case as an in­te­gral part of your house de­sign, and plan for it at the ear­li­est stages: “You shouldn’t leave sult as­pects cov­ered Richard (sec­ond of of­ten de­sign the a re­quired it stair­case project, is and un­til fix) off Mcclane. in­te­grated be­fore struc­tural of mid-way at but de­signer the the a “stair­case your The into smaller start re­quire­ments through be­cause the largest build and prop­erty. comes in­stal­la­tion is gets your phys­i­cal there key to­wards un­der­way,” that to project A are en­sur­ing stair­case in­stal­la­tion (first need im­por­tant the to fix) to con- says end de- the be is signer while on Self-builders their you should stair­cases, are at be of­ten plan­ning con­sulted ac­cord­ing push stage.” as for early to cut­ting-edge Richard as pos­si­ble, Walker de­sign even of Stair­box: with ular choice a glass “Open for balustrade) peo­ple tread look­ing stair­cases have be­come for ‘wow (of­ten the fac­tor’. most com­bined We’ve popalso Cut de­sign, seen an which in­crease is a mod­ern in the pop­u­lar­ity take on the of tra­di­tional our Clear cut string stair­case — in­clud­ing our Steel Cut de­sign which re­places the tim­ber with a steel cut string.” Those up­dat­ing ex­ist­ing stair­cases can save time and money by sim­ply re­plac­ing stair­parts. “Stair­parts are easy to in­stall and can be taken on by a com­pe­tent DIYer, achiev­ing a safe and stylish new stair­case in next to no time,” says Zara Prescott of Richard Bur­bidge.

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