Leave it to the Pros: Work with a Subcontractor for Your Stairs

The DIY movement has encouraged several homeowners to take things into their own hands. But just because you can attempt it, doesn’t mean you should. Your staircase, for example, is an integral part of your home’s architecture. Taking on its remodelling might lead to mistakes that compromise its structural integrity and cost you a lot in repairs.

Any remodelling project takes time, money and expertise to accomplish properly. Consider hiring a subcontractor for yours. Some homeowners decide against this option because they are misinformed about the service. Find out more about stair subcontractors to discover their value.

Why Hire a Subcontractor

Most homeowners are under the impression that subcontractors are reserved for large commercial projects. But these professionals offer their services to anyone in need of a specialised set of skills. Hiring one for your staircase remodel presents several benefits that range from smart stairs design to cost-efficiency.

Save Time

Time is a valuable commodity. Taking on any type of home improvement project will have a significant impact on your schedule. A stair remodel isn’t something you can accomplish in one weekend, especially when the new design is complex.

When you work with a subcontractor, you get a dedicated expert handling your remodelling. This expertise removes the time-consuming element of trial and error. Additionally, a contract gives you the ability to set a strict timeline for the project. These streamline the build process so you get your new staircase in a timely manner.

Mitigate Risks

Mistakes are prone to happen when you are unfamiliar with the process. When these pile up, they will likely extend your project’s timeline. Alternatively, a large expense can result from a single problem when it affects the whole build.

The expertise a subcontractor brings to your project is incomparable. Aside from streamlining the process, they have insights on how to mitigate risks. They are aware of potential issues and plan for these before the build starts.

Provide Expertise

A subcontractor gives you superior service and expertise. Having worked in a specific field for a long time, they were able to hone their skills. Additionally, they have already built a network of reliable partners and suppliers that add value to your remodel.

How to Select a Subcontractor

Before you decide on a subcontractor, there are some factors to consider. This isn’t as simple as settling on the first one you see. Be more discerning in selecting a subcontractor to make sure your staircase remodel goes as smoothly as it should.

Determine your budget for the project.

Make a shortlist of subcontractors who fit within your budget.

Check their portfolios and remove the ones who don’t meet your standards.

Read customer reviews and comments for better insight.

Work with Ackworth House

Ackworth House has been designing and installing bespoke staircases for over four decades. We have a wide range of designs that can be customised to better suit your home’s aesthetics. Our team is highly skilled in carrying out home renovations and remodelling projects.

Find out more about our services when you contact us.

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Combining Practical and Eye-Catching Stair Designs

 

Modern office design covers a range of styles that trend and then merge back into the mixing pot of interior ideas. The open office was popular with the typing pools of the ‘50s and ‘60s; along with computers came the office cubicle, individual office rooms allowed time to concentrate but then collaboration and creativity meant that open plan offices re-emerged. Now all of these ideas are mixed and matched to provide a company with the optimal working environment. Added into the creative world of interior design is the competition to make offices memorable, motivational and multi-functional. But the wilder imagination for design has to comply with the practicality of New Zealand’s building code and fire safety standards.

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Take Your Home to the Next Level with These Staircase Ideas

 

At the simplest and most functional level, staircases are designed to transport people from one level of the home to another. However, staircases offer more than just function; they can make impactful interior statements as architectural features.

Far from being a functional addition to your home, a well-designed staircase can create a dramatic focal point. If you’re still in the planning stage of decorating your staircase, do it in style with these steps from the experts at Ackworth House. Continue reading “Take Your Home to the Next Level with These Staircase Ideas”

Intercommunicating Stairs: Inspiring Collaboration in the Workplace

Business owners are always on the lookout for innovative solutions to improve workplace culture, increase productivity and keep staff happy. More collaborative, open environments are now very popular and seen as the future, if not all ready the present of office design.

Whether it’s the use of collaborative workstations or mobile wall systems, there are plenty of ways to foster collaboration through design. You can even utilise your staircase by transforming it to better suit an open-concept office design.

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Beyond Classic: Why Timber Staircases Are a Timeless Favourite

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When it comes to staircases, following the design trends isn’t the only ticket to success. You can choose a classic, attractive design and still get the modern touch you want for your home. Take timber staircases, for instance. They have become a timeless design favourite of many homeowners.

Classic Beauty, Natural Charm

The beauty of a timber staircase lies in its sheer simplicity and natural charm. It exudes a comfortable, welcoming vibe, making it a great option for any home. It offers design flexibility; timber can be easily combined and matched to a huge variety of materials. If you have a hardwood flooring, a timber staircase allows you to have a seamless design between the upper and lower levels of your home. Timber staircases can also be fitted with glass balustrades, steel rails or other materials that suit your vision. Continue reading “Beyond Classic: Why Timber Staircases Are a Timeless Favourite”

Stairway to Heaven: Staircase Ideas for Your Remodelling Project

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For many homeowners, remodelling their home is like a fresh new start. It allows them to reorganise sections, add more space and personalise it in their own unique style. It also provides them with the opportunity to completely redesign their home’s staircase and elevate the look of their interiors.

As a central part of any home, the staircase not only serves a practical purpose but it is also the focal point of home décor. They’re striking centrepieces that enable the imagination to rise to new heights. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of staircase designs and ideas for home remodelling projects. Continue reading “Stairway to Heaven: Staircase Ideas for Your Remodelling Project”

Closed or Open Risers: Choosing a Staircase Design for Your Home

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Designing staircases today isn’t just about considering function. Now that staircases are also used to impress visitors, homeowners are paying attention to how these functional parts of the home wow people the moment they step inside.

When choosing a design for your staircase, you’ll run into styles such as open and closed riser stairs. Closed riser stairs are a common and traditional choice, while open risers are becoming popular in modern homes.

The question is: which design should you choose for your home? Continue reading “Closed or Open Risers: Choosing a Staircase Design for Your Home”

Your Complete Staircase Package

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There’s much to think about and get right to ensure your floating staircase project is hassle-free and the finished product is something you will be proud to have in the entrance way of your home. Staircases are a very technical product with many dimensions that need to be accurate so that the staircase will fit the stairwell. They should also comply with New Zealand’s Building Code compliance document D1/AS1.

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Modern or Classic: Which Staircase Design Works Best for Your Home Décor?

Whether you’re building a new home from scratch or renovating your current one, the design of your staircase is something to take a bit of time considering. Staircases have evolved from being a functional part of a home to also becoming a design element. Usually located in the lobby or the entrance hall, it is one of the first things a person sees when entering a house. A well-designed staircase makes a good first impression for visitors and improves the mood of residents when they come home.

There are a variety of staircase designs available in the market, created with different materials and styles. Some are made of glass and steel, while others are made of wood. The traditional straight staircase remains common among many homes, while circular and spiral staircases are making their way in new dwellings.

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Custom Staircases: Taking Interior Design to the Next Level

Staircases have evolved from being a functional part of a building to becoming a focal interior point. They are the first thing visitors see when they step inside a residential or commercial space, and they help form an impression of the property.

Because of this, homeowners, architects and designers continue to come up with different staircase designs that are aesthetically pleasing while meeting building regulations. Aside from the traditional straight stairs, there are several types of stairs that suit the needs of different buildings. These include L-shaped stairs, spiral stairs and curved stairs. Staircase builders also experiment with different materials to elevate the staircase’s function and visual appeal.

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