The key to executing a successful staircase project is to plan early and ensure that every part of the process is covered in advance and that all elements of the project have received full consideration. If the basics are in place from the get-go then the remainder of the project will follow suit and our experienced team of specialists will be on hand to both guide and advise through the planning, designing and installation of your stairs.
In terms of best practice to follow, we’ve already put together a “Stairs Advice” section which acts as useful guide within the planning stage of any staircase project.
The elements of both design and installation planning play a crucial part in any stairs project and will act as a driving force behind delivering a finished result that will transform your interior space and make the most of the building’s internal environment. Selecting the most optimal stairs structure along with solid onsite preparation will ensure a hassle-free installation and striking end-product.
Before You Begin Your Feature Stairs Project.
Our top tip from the outset is to come to a decision early on the style of stairs you want to install and to think about how this style will be implemented in terms of design and fitting needs of the interior.
Points to factor in at this stage include having adequate fixing points for the stairs themselves – our Cantilever designed stairs for example are dependent on being fixed to an adjacent wall, therefore early consultation with us will enable you to make adequate provision in good time which will ease the installation of the stairs, enhance the finish aesthetic and because the work is carried out as you build it could save you time and money.
Additional elements to factor in at early planning stages are the actual functionality of the stairs themselves, namely the angle and the width of the stairs to ensure they are comfortable to walk on and to take into account the levels of space available.
One should also plan as to how the stairs will be incorporate into the layout of the home – for example the pathways from the bedrooms within the home to the living room or kitchen area is usually where most traffic exists, therefore it’s always a really good idea to assess where your stairs may slot into this route. Also, the positioning of your stairs in relation to the main entry points of the home such as the front door or back door should be analysed for a functional and fluid layout.
Feature Stairs – Aesthetics & Finish
Of course the design and positioning are not the only elements to plan for within a feature stairs project and we recommend you that you spend a little time deciding the type of finished materials and general aesthetics of the stairs.
By selecting these from the outset you will be able to decide on the best use of features such as glass balustrades and open rise stairs to make the most of any natural light within the interior. Utilising various intelligent lighting layouts you can achieve a wow-factor for night time illumination making the stairs equally as impressive in the evening as during daylight hours.
Feature Stairs Project – What To Not Forget!
One aspect that often gets overlooked in a stairs design project is the existence of modern underfloor heating systems. Whether the underfloor heating is already installed or is going to be put in place, the positioning of your stairs needs to be taken into account to avoid problems later. Stairs will have to be fixed at floor level and stairwell railings may also be fixed along the edge of stair openings so the underfloor heating systems need to be kept back from these fixing points where possible. It will not affect your heating system but by making provision for fixing points of your stairs you will ensure wider choice later without the worry of damaging pipes.
If the heating system has already been installed then it is important that you know the precise location of these pipes both to avoid damaging them with fixing but also to create alternative methods for fixing the stairs – our experienced team will help you regardless and guide you through the entire process.
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