When discussing the design of your stairway, the owner has many style and design options to decide from, but in the beginning, you need to decide whether to go with custom staircase or prefabricated one.
Prefabricated stairways are created in a factory then shipped either as a pre-assembled or flat pack. They are really a great option that is low-cost, but you need to ensure that you speak to the stair design case manufacturer prior to building, so that you will know the standard prefab staircase size. These staircases come ready to assemble, but this is not a do-it-yourself job. You will need to have your building contractor install it on site. By installing a prefabricated staircase can save you up to $10K on the cost of your new home.
If you are wanting something more than the U-shaped staircase, or traditional L-shaped, you will want to explore a custom curved or spiral staircase. Luckily, there are many custom stairs manufactures that offer pre-assembled and custom designs, so you can get the look and style you want from your stairway.
Types of staircases:
- Classis – This design reflects arena, such as Edwardian, Victorian, or Georgian. They are decorated, are solid and usually made from wood;
- U-Shape – This is a style of stairways using the principles of Feng Shui design and is best in tight spaces because of it compact size;
- Spiral – This is an excellent architectural statement that also fits into tight spaces. The curved treads with a large footstep;
- Centre carriage – These staircases use an open riser construction with a central carriage stringer and combine contemporary materials and timber to make U-Shape, L-Shape, and curved formations.
Understanding stair parts
It makes it much easier to design a staircase when you understand the lingo. You can go on Google and come up with the list of the main components of a staircase and their meaning.