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Striking staircase design

If you want to let light flow throughout your home and create an attractive feature, then an open flight may be perfect for your modern layout, says Anna-Marie DeSouza

It’s an essential and functional item that will probably be one of the first things you see when entering your house – so don’t forget to account for your staircase at the very start of your project. It will have a huge impact on the design of not only your ground floor, but the adjoining levels, too. So whether you are self building or renovating, this functional part of your project can provide a striking feature at the heart of your home. Done well, your new flight will give your dwelling a beautiful architectural element, but done poorly, you’ll be left with an expensive fixture that jars with the overall style of your property.

A key consideration in many modern abodes is the flow of light, and there’s no reason why your choice of staircase shouldn’t complement this, whether you’re opting for an open-plan layout or not. An open look will ensure natural brightness can permeate through it, and thankfully, it’s a design feature that will suit a multitude of interior styles. If you’re renovating, don’t worry that the period of your home has to dictate what you choose to install. A contemporary flight can complement an older house, and vice versa, if it’s blended aesthetically with other key features.

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The July edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A modern eco home built for just £77,000 (page 44) • Top flooring options (page 65) • Solar PV & battery storage (page 68) • Sliding doors vs bifolds (page 73) • 10 top tips for self builders (page 101) • Design ideas for awkward plots (page 110) … and more!