Stair­way to Heaven

Cre­ate and build your stair­well to com­ple­ment your home’s de­sign and func­tion.

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Cre­ate and build your stair­well to com­ple­ment your home’s de­sign and func­tion.

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ver since Cin­derella rushed down the palace steps and lost her glass slip­per, stair­ways have held a cer­tain spirit of magic. From sweep­ing balustrades to corkscrew spi­rals, stairs can be cus­tom-made to be as unique as their own­ers and can quickly be­come a home’s cen­tral show­piece.

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Straight stairs are the sim­plest to de­sign, but be­cause of their bulk­i­ness, they can some­times be hard to fit into a home’s lay­out with­out in­trud­ing on sur­round­ing ar­eas. To re­duce the im­po­si­tion of such a big piece, in­stall a bath­room or closet un­der­neath the stairs, or leave it en­tirely open for an airy feel­ing of weight­less­ness. To jazz up the plain­ness of a sim­ple flight, con­sider in­cor­po­rat­ing el­e­gant balus­ters or cus­tom newel posts into your stair­case’s de­sign.

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Stairs with land­ings can limit the stair­well’s over­all foot­print on the home to a more con­tained area, and they of­fer built-in room for mid-level stor­age or home ap­pli­ances. They’re also a good op­tion in homes with older peo­ple, as their shorter flights help re­duce in­jury in the event of a fall. How­ever, they cost a bit more to build and take up slightly more area than a straight flight. If you choose a de­sign with any sort of turn, be sure to con­sider that when plan­ning your stair­well’s head­room.

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Spi­ral or curved stair­cases add vis­ual in­ter­est to a room, but they’re not al­ways re­al­is­tic, par­tic­u­larly if there is only one stair­well in the en­tire home. Mov­ing bed frames and mat­tresses up a tightly wound spi­ral is a night­mare, but a curved flight with a wider arc is a more fea­si­ble op­tion if your home can spare the space. Save the spi­rals for rooms or out­door ar­eas where they can add a dec­o­ra­tive touch with­out be­ing a hin­drance to prac­ti­cal­ity.

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