When completing home remodeling projects, one of my favorite things to work on are stairs. They are such a unique and important part of the house, and they are something that draw the eye immediately when you walk into a room. Designing stairs can be very tricky, but they are also such a rewarding project that can completely change the look of an entire house. Here are some of the things that I keep in mind when putting together a staircase design.
Don’t be afraid to go for unconventional shapes.
Since the staircase is such a bold part of the house, it’s okay to play around with unique shapes, whether it be a sculptural balcony or contemporary steps with strong angles. I like to take the client’s vision and use it as inspiration to think outside the box, while still keeping the boundaries of their space and their budget in mind. The result is usually something that takes their home from average to exciting.
Staircases can add extra storage.
This is particularly important to keep in mind when working with smaller homes. Not only does your staircase get you from one floor to the next, but it also can provide enough space for open shelving, cabinets, a closet, or even a reading nook – whatever you want to do with it. If the client is struggling to find enough storage somewhere else in their home, I like to use the staircase to add a little bit of extra space for them to work with.
Safety is important.
In addition to the staircase being visually appealing, it also needs to be safe for every member of the household. Kids and older adults alike need to have an environment with larger steps that you won’t slip on, and a good hand rail is important as well. I always try to make sure that the materials used on a staircase are both chic and provide enough grip that the residents of the house won’t slip while climbing the stairs.
The staircase should match the rest of the house.
One of the most important things to take into consideration is that the staircase needs to match the style of the other rooms in the house for continuity. This means that materials need to be similar in color and tone, and the shapes should flow nicely as well. With modern or traditional homes, I’ll go for something angular and square, while whimsical or contemporary spaces can get away with curvier, more innovative shapes.