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So you’ve decided you want a new staircase installation! This may be for a number of different reasons; it is unsafe; prevents light flowing through the house creating a dark and oppressing space, is tired and worn out, you want to bring your house up to date or just make it more salable. Read our article, ‘Can A Staircase Add Value To My House?’.
So you’ve decided you want a new staircase installation! This may be for a number of different reasons; it is unsafe with a loose handrail and wobbly spindles; prevents light flowing through the house creating a dark and oppressing space, is tired and worn out, you want to bring your house up to date or just make it more salable. Read our article, ‘Can A Staircase Add Value To My House?’.
A & T Carpentry offer you their thoughts on the benefits of staircase installation.
So here is our guide to why you should renovate your old and worn staircase…
1. Cost effective and minimal disruption!
If you have a well built, sturdy staircase, renovations can be complete with minimal disruption to your home and in a relatively short period of time. Staircase renovations will generally be more cost effective than a new staircase installation and if completed by skilled and qualified tradesmen, such as A & T Carpentry, will achieve incredible and impressive results.
2. Small changes, big difference!
Small changes to your existing staircase installation can make a big difference to the feel of your existing space. Adding glass to the balustrade, for example, instead of wooden balusters will transform the design of the staircase creating a modern minimalist, light and spacious feel. Glass will give the impression of greater light flow and make the smallest of spaces seem much larger, brighter and less confined.
3. A focal point of your home.
If you wish to obtain a more elegant and traditional look then consider pine or hemlock, woods which will look beautiful with almost any existing decor. The African hardwood idigbo is worth considering as a budget friendly alternative to oak, and sapele is an elegant substitute for mahogany. Again, a professional staircase installation company like A & T Carpentry will be able to advise you on the options available according to your budget.
4. Add style and elegance, simply replace individual components
If your budget is tight you could consider replacing individual elements of your staircase for a more modern alternative. Renewing the newel caps , handrail and base rail, all of which become tired and chipped over time, will breathe new life into your staircase at a fraction of the cost of a new staircase installation. This can transform the look of your staircase from a dreary 1970s wooden affair to a stunning modern design. If you have a traditional wooden staircase you could consider replacing the spindles (the vertical posts between the banister and base of the stairs) or newels (the larger vertical posts at the bottom of the stairs and landing that support the handrail).
5. Consider your existing home decor
It is important to consider that whatever changes are made to your staircase are in-keeping with the environment the stairs are in so that the finished result has the desired impact. This is were professional advice is helpful, such as A & T carpentry, as they can advise on the most suitable components and solutions for your individual home.
6. Staircase renovation can improve safety
Staircase refurbishment is also a good opportunity to make sure that your home is safe for young children. For example the space between balusters or between risers and treads, must comply with modern UK safety requirements. The UK building regulations stipulate that no area anywhere on a staircase should be large enough for a 100mm sphere to get through; so a gap of 99mm would be the maximum permitted. 100mm is approximately the size of a baby’s head, and once your little one starts crawling and cruising the last thing you want is their natural curiosity leading to a home emergency. A & T Carpentry will ensure that your new balustrade is designed so that it doesn’t encourage children to climb on it. During the 1960s and 70s ranch-style bannisters were popular (the ones with horizontal railings) and this older design no longer complies with building regulations. Installing new spindles, the correct distance apart, and riser bars for open treads will not only ensure a stylish staircase but a safe one too.
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