From Concept to Consent: Navigating Staircase Specifications

In the complex ballet of architectural design and construction, the specification of staircases holds a pivotal role, particularly in the early phases. At Ackworth House, we have built years of expertise in staircase design and construction, we understand the intricacies involved in marrying aesthetic ambitions with regulatory compliance. This blog offers practical insights into how we outline staircase specifications early in the design phase. Allowing the builders & architects we work with to streamline the consent application process, helping them navigate these potentially tricky steps with greater ease and efficiency.

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What is the Best Angle for Floating Stairs? A Guide to Design, Safety and Ascendo Stairs

The angle of a floating staircase is more than just a functional consideration; it’s a key element in design and safety. In this guide, we’ll explore various angles for stairs, shed light on the rules surrounding stairs in New Zealand, and introduce Ackworth’s Ascendo Stair series – a collection that combines functionality and modern design.

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Crafting Timeless Elegance: The Art of Bespoke Staircases

In the realm of home design, a staircase is not merely a functional element—it’s a feature, a chance for some design magic and pzazz, and in some cases a true work of art. At Ackworth House, we pride ourselves on crafting bespoke staircases that transcend utility, becoming statements of timeless elegance and individuality. 

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Steel stairs vs. Timber stairs

Navigating Staircase Materials: Wood vs. Steel

When it comes to designing a staircase, one of the crucial decisions you’ll face is choosing the right material. Two primary contenders in the staircase construction arena are wood and steel. Each material brings its unique set of characteristics, balancing aesthetics, functionality, and durability. In this exploration, we’ll delve into the world of wooden stairs and steel staircases, comparing their pros and cons to help you make an informed decision for your project.

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Suspendo stringerless stairs

The Art of Stringerless Stairs

In modern design, the staircase is no longer merely a functional element but a statement piece that can elevate the aesthetics of any space. One design trend that has been making waves in the architectural world is the concept of floating stairs, and intriguingly, some are crafted without the traditional stringers. 

Today, we’ll unravel the mystery behind stringerless stairs, exploring their innovative structural details, design possibilities, and the remarkable impact they can have on your living space.

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Ackworth House wooden Ascendo range stairs

The Role of Staircases in High-End Builds: A Design Perspective

When it comes to crafting exquisite, high-end homes, every detail matters. From the choice of materials to the layout, each element contributes to the overall aesthetic and functionality of your space. Among these, staircases often play a pivotal role that extends beyond functionality. In this blog, we’ll explore how staircases can be elevated to become captivating focal points in modern house designs, providing you with valuable insights and tips to seamlessly integrate them into your architectural vision.

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Ascendo Floating Stairs

The Ins and Outs of Floating Staircases

A floating staircase appears to “float” in mid-air, often without visible supporting structures like traditional staircases. These staircases create an open and airy feel, allowing light to flow through and enhancing the visual appeal of a space. 

These stunning staircases can often be found in contemporary homes, as they complement the minimalist and open aesthetics. 

Considering having a floating staircase in your new home? We’ve created this guide to help you make an informed decision.

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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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