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What you need to know about staircase design

Emily Smith presents the key considerations for choosing the right flight, along with some top tips from leading industry experts
Metal spindles and a patterned runner feature alongside a wood handrail, baserail and newel to bring a modern twist to this classic straight staircase by Richard Burbidge

Your staircase should not only offer a comfortable journey between storeys, but it will stand strong as arguably the most defining feature of your entrance hallway, wowing guests and setting the tone for the rest of the house. With a wealth of styles and materials out there, choosing the best design for your home requires careful consideration.

You might work alongside your architect or a specialist company to come up with a bespoke stair, or perhaps you’d prefer to choose an off-the-shelf solution that will be adjusted to your unique requirements. Either way, the interior decor scheme and layout of your house is going to have a big impact on the shape and look of the flight that is right for you. “Most staircase projects are defined by four parameters: desired aesthetic, space available, timescales and budget,” says Richard McLane from Bisca.

Shape & style

Firstly, think about the basic shape of your staircase. The goal should be to understand what’s going to work within the allocated space, and tailor it towards whoever will be regularly using it. “The shape will be determined by the stairwell opening, the floor-to-floor height and the location of the walls,” says Nick Rackham from Complete Stair Systems. “The more the flight is used, the wider and more generous it should be – providing there is sufficient room.”

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The December edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project a success – including: • A unique modular home (page 20) • How to get basement extensions right (page 62) • 15 renovation ideas to add value and kerb appeal (page 66) • Will smart heating save you money? (page 73) • The latest woodburner trends and costs (page83) … and much more!