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The Pros and Cons of Design: Choosing the Right Stair for Your Space

 

A staircase is one of the most integral parts of a multi-level structure. Even with mechanical innovations, like escalators and elevators, the architectural design of a staircase elevates the space’s aesthetic appeal. These days, many property owners are choosing avant-garde designs to make their staircase the centrepiece of the building. But some designs aren’t practical for use.

Choose a staircase design that is visually pleasing and fully functional. Take into consideration the space, the people who frequent it and how the stair will affect your building’s usability. Ackworth House’s stair designing services includes a step-by-step process that helps you choose the right stair design for your property. Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Design: Choosing the Right Stair for Your Space”

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Matching Your Staircase with Your Home’s Architectural Style

 

Modern engineering has made several innovative stair designs possible and you can now have almost any staircase you want in your house. But there are traditional pairings between stair and house types. It’s technically possible to install a set of steel floating stairs in a Mediterranean Revival-style home but would you really want to?

When renovating or designing your home, have a look at which staircase design is better suited for the structure’s architectural style. This will help you create a home that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Continue reading “Matching Your Staircase with Your Home’s Architectural Style”

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

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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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