Stairs can be much more than utilitarian — think of them as a way to extend the drama of your trusses all the way to the ground. But don’t let a focus on fashion cause you to neglect function. No matter how beautiful a staircase is, you want it to make sense, so placement is important. In the center of a room, a staircase can be a stunning centerpiece, but it also eats up living space. But if you choose to locate it on the side of your home, make sure it’s still easily accessible.