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Cantilevered staircases

Could a gravitydefying flight bring wow factor to your home? Emily Smith investigates how to achieve this style
: This minimalist flight is the result of collaboration between architects TAP, who came up with the design, and Gray & Dick, who engineered the staircase
DAVID BARBOUR

Your staircase will have a big impact on defining the feel and flow of your home, and few designs have the same striking wow factor as a cantilevered style. A lack of structure beneath the steps creates the illusion of a floating flight, which will leave visitors in awe, trying to work out how it’s being supported.

Designs range from minimalist open treads (gaps between the steps) with glass balustrades that are barely visible, through to solid structures that wind upwards, topped with elaborate handrails for extra flourish. The right design for you will depend on the style of your house, the space available and if you’re able to put the appropriate supports in the adjacent wall.

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Get your self-build or renovation project started with advice & inspiration from Build It magazine. Here's what to expect in the January issue: • How the Rogers built an Arts & Crafts-style modern home • The latest on smart home technology • Are woodburning stoves eco friendly? • Heating options for renovations • Avoiding grand designs disasters • Plot Watch: Did they get planning consent? ...and much more!