A Guide to Each Staircase Element | Ackworth House NZ

As you design your home’s epicentre – the staircase – it’s important to understand each piece of the puzzle. This way, you can put them together in the most effective way possible.

If you’re unsure what words like tread, riser, stringer, baluster or baserail mean in the context of stairs, perhaps this blog can help you in understanding each element.

So next time you’re deciding between steel stringers, or stuck for handrail inspiration, you’ll feel confident in your decision.

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Choosing the Right Style Staircase for Your Space

The layman might read this blog title and wonder how many staircase styles there could possibly be. But at Ackworth House, we’re here to tell you that the answer involves more than meets the eye. 

Well, okay, it all meets the eye once each slat and handrail is installed. But this blog is your go-to guide for all the elements that make a truly well designed indoor or outdoor staircase.

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How a Custom Staircase Heightens Your Home

If they say the kitchen is the heart of the home, then perhaps the staircase is the spinal cord – seamlessly supporting the parts around it. 

Many copy-paste homes use stairs as a mere interval between levels with no self-expression or distinctive nature. This is why a custom indoor or outdoor staircase can make or break a well-styled home and add value that transcends design trends. 

If you want to level up the quality of your home or office, don’t count out the staircase as the pièce de résistance. And here’s why:

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Maintaining Your Outdoor Staircase

If you have an older home or just want to ensure your outdoor staircase is in the best visual quality possible, following a regular maintenance regime is essential. Because most traditional outdoor staircases are made from timber or metal, the maintenance of your stairs will directly impact their appearance and, for timber stairs, their structural integrity. This is why proper care is of the utmost importance in your home. 

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Outdoor Staircase Options For Your Home

There’s been an increased focus on the functionality of our homes, with many homeowners starting to bring their interior stairways outside. By choosing to install modern outdoor staircases rather than classic timber stairwells, many individuals have achieved an extension of their home and outdoor entertaining areas, creating more functional spaces that replicate the same style seen in your homes interior.

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The Importance of Steel Stringers

Stairs are an integral part of everyday life that often goes unnoticed by individuals. Passing by a set of stairs, it’s not likely that you’ll start to think about the design and health and safety considerations. Steel stringers, treads or balustrades are elements in a staircase that often go unnoticed but represent the structural pillars that ensure the functionality and safety of pedestrians and homeowners. 
 
Today we’ll be taking a deep dive into the importance of steel stringers in your stairwell. 

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The Benefits of Steel Stairs

If you’re looking for new stairs, Auckland wide, to bring a unique element to your home, why not consider steel stairs?
 
Compared to traditional timber stairs, steel staircases offer a modern perspective that can work aesthetically and functionally in your home. In addition, steel provides a highly versatile building material with perks for consumers and the environment. Today we’ll be outlining these benefits to help you create a unique design for your home. 

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How to Care for Your Timber Staircase

It’s easy to understand why timber stairs are one of the most popular options when homeowners consult their staircase manufacturer. Adding warmth repel dust and dirt and are softer underfoot than steel and glass. While timber stairs may take a little more care to protect in the long run, they can offer added character and warmth to the interior of your home. 

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