One of the most underestimated and under-appreciated elements of most homes and properties is often times the staircases. Typically, staircases will consist of a set of stairs and its surrounding walls or structure. Usually, they are flights of stairs connecting one floor to another and have various components to them such as landings, posts, handrails, balustrades, and other potential parts.
For some properties, staircases capture visual interest by being the focal point of the home and can be creative in designs, arrangements, and sizes. Doctor Metal Works embraces the experimental architectural concept of staircases and strives to meet the design requirements of their clients. There are many types, sizes, and designs of staircases, and Doctor Metal Works can design them all.
Standard Types of Staircases We Design
- Straight Stairs
This is considered to be one of the most common types of stairs that are found in residential and commercial properties because of their ease in going up or down the stairs. These are the easiest to design and can be done creatively in various ways. Connection points for straight stairs only need to be connected at the top and bottom, where no intermediate supporting structure is required. They have an inherent simplicity and tend to work very well in homes that have a minimalistic design. This type of stair can be made more transparent than other types of stairs through the use of thinner treads, open risers, and thin metal stringers, allowing less obstruction to manufacture a view both above and below their structure. The accompanying handrails and railings if desired, are easy to build for this type of staircase. Overall they are a classic and reliable option for many buildings.
- L-Shaped Stairs
Also called quarter turn stairs, this is an alternative to the straight stair, with a bend at a section of the stair. This bend is typically 90 degrees and is done by adding a landing at the transition point. These stairs are considered to be visually striking and can be a good focal point of any home. They add a nice amount of privacy as there is a visual barrier between floors, and this is a good advantage that many homeowners like to take advantage of. If the stairs are contained within walls, L-shaped stairs help with the reduction in sound between floors, which is ideal between entertainment rooms on floors and bedrooms either above or below. There is a layer of safety with this type of staircase since there’s a landing, so if someone were to fall near the top of them, they would tumble down fewer stairs versus a staircase with nothing break up that forward motion. For older adults and younger children and those with disabilities, the landing area can be a refuge of sorts to take a quick rest before ascending to the very top. They can also be located in a corner of a room if this is more ideal from a layout design standpoint.
- U-Shaped Stairs
This is a two parallel flight of straight stairs joined by a landing. This is a common theme in most architectural designs, and the landing offers a slight resting point halfway up the staircase. U-shaped stairs can often be easier to fit into architectural plans than other staircase options, making them a versatile solution for many homes and businesses.
- Spiral Stairs
These are considered to be cutting edge through a modern design for staircases, with the steps being made compact and usually threaded around a center pole. This is very popular in creating more space in a home and adds a very minimalistic look overall. They tend to be popular for use within city lofts where space is at a premium. There are all kinds of variations with regards to railing styles which can have a dramatic impact with regards to the overall presentation of the staircase. They also don’t need much for extra support as the center pole and landing usually provide the core structural support needed for the stairs – this makes installation easier than many other types of staircases, and keeps the structure’s design cleaner.