A stunning, beautifully designer staircase can be the centrepiece of a beautiful and stylish home – whether you’re building from scratch or renovating an existing property.
Depending on your situation there are a number of factors to consider. In an older property, the location of the staircase is usually difficult to change but it is still possible to choose an entirely different style that gives your home an instant facelift. If you’re building from new, or adding a staircase that connects new parts of your property, then you have more scope for creativity.
That said, there are several things to consider when planning your new staircase – and being staircase manufacturers in Manchester, we know a thing or two about this! First, your budget, the specifications of your house, safety obligations, the design of your home and your plans for installation.
Safety considerations are key when thinking about your new addition. Building control regulations have some strict standards about how staircases are built and used and you’ll need to make sure yours is well-designed, safe to climb and easy to navigate.
The most important measurement is the total rise – better explained as the distance between the initial floor where your staircase begins to the floor where your staircase finishes. There are constraints on the number of ‘rises’ or verticals, and also the flat steps – known as goings. Rises must all have a consistent height within the range of 19cm to 22cm and the flat goings have to be at least 22cm or more.
You must also remember you need a handrail on one side if your stairs are less than one metre wide. Most domestic staircases are around 86cm and if you want to go significantly smaller then you will need approval from your local building control team.
Designing a Bespoke Staircase
Once you’ve researched what’s allowed, you can think about the perfect place and design for your new centrepiece. You should also consider the age, style and design of your home alongside which options are practical for you. Working with a professional company can make this decision easy and straightforward.