If you live in a small home, then creating a second-floor extension is an excellent way to increase the square meterage of your living space. One of the key considerations when creating this kind of extension is choosing a staircase that will provide safe and comfortable access to the second floor while minimising the amount of space that it takes up.
Fortunately, there is a fantastic variety of modern staircase designs available to choose from these days. Many of them are ideally suited for use in small homes. Here are two stunning and contemporary staircase designs that you might like to consider.
1. A modern spiral staircase
When you think of spiral staircases, the clanky, narrow and often unsightly metal staircases that were popularised during the 70s and 80s may be the first image that springs to mind. Fortunately, modern design has taken the basic concept and developed more attractive, quiet and comfortable to use versions of the spiral staircase.
Spiral staircases are ideal for small homes because the spiral design uses a very small amount of floor space in comparison to other staircase styles. Modern versions are more solid and less rickety to ascend and descend. They also utilise a variety of different materials such as timber, glass and steel to create a striking architectural feature that capitalises on the elegance of the spiral shape.
2. A glass staircase
Although glass staircases may still require the same amount of space as other staircase styles, they are still an excellent choice for small homes. The use of glass allows plenty of light to reach the stairwell and will help to create a bright, spacious and open feel in your home.
If glass sounds a little fragile for a staircase, then rest assured that they are as safe and solid as any other materials. The glass used in staircase construction is tempered and reinforced to ensure that it has the structural strength required. This includes glass that is used for balustrades and glass that is used for glass stair treads.
Deciding on the right type of staircase for you small home is very important. As equally important is choosing a professional staircase contractor to help you design, construct and install your new staircase. Specialist staircase contractors have the experience required to help you create the perfect staircase using the materials and style that appeal to you and ensuring that your objectives for saving space are achieved.