Choosing the Right Staircase: Everything You Need To Know

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We love being able to add a striking feature or a sturdy, quiet beauty in our customers’ buildings. If you are looking for designer staircases, you have come to the right place. We value our customers’ satisfaction, and we want to help you every step of the way, starting from deciding which stairs to get. Here is a guide we would like to share with you on deciding on the kind of stairs you need.

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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.

Staircases are also used to carve out the features of your home, from storage space to office nooks, to the way light will cast its shadow, it’s possible to design your whole home around your feature stairs.

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

The question is: which design should you choose for your home? Let’s take at a look at the two main options: open and closed riser stairs.

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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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Using Concrete Stair Treads in Industrial Home Design

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Concrete is commonly used for strictly practical purposes like sidewalks, driveways and building foundations. However, recent interior design trends have explored the aesthetic potential of this material, specifically in industrial design. Concrete creates raw, imperfect and inconsistent surfaces, which favours the rough, unpolished and rustic features of industrial design.

Aesthetic Characteristics of Concrete

Bare concrete is hardly turned into a focal point in interior design, which is why concrete makes for a great element of surprise. Continue reading “Using Concrete Stair Treads in Industrial Home Design”

How to Transform Your Home with a Modern Industrial Aesthetic

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While many people may settle with sleek and minimalistic interiors, modern industrial homeowners expose what lies beneath perfect walls and decorations with an edgy and raw style. The imperfections that other interior styles hide are what industrial designs expose. This design achieves an unfinished look by turning structural elements into home designs, providing a basic, chic and cohesive look.

The modern industrial design is becoming a trend around the world as it is used in more commercial spaces, modern homes and loft apartments. This type of interior design celebrates mechanical and engineering innovation as it combines the modern and sleek, the refined with the raw and the classic with vintage.

Finding Beauty in the Imperfections

Modern industrial style strikes a balance between utilitarian design and textured materials. This harkens back to the visual aesthetics heavily present during the Industrial Revolution. The simple shapes and silhouettes were elevated by the raw materials used to create them. Commercial spaces that adhered to this style would have exposed steel and brickwork coupled with distressed wooden elements.

In a home setting, modern industrial style is often seen in the innovative use of building materials. Homeowners have taken to keeping pipework and brickwork exposed. They complement these elements with modern furnishings for a well-balanced interior design. The rustic aesthetic of this style is all about the innovative use of building materials in the home.

If you want an industrial look for your home, here are a few key characteristics you might want to know:
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Achieve Architectural Feats with Steel Staircases

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Steel is often associated with strength and durability, both important qualities in structures that are expected to withstand daily foot traffic and heavy loads.

These great features of steel have made Ackworth House’s own line of steel staircases popular in New Zealand. We have seen an eager demand for our top quality steel stringers for steel stairs as they are capable of bearing significantly more weight compared to other materials. Steel is also highly resistant to warps, wear and tear, rotting and pest attacks, giving you a staircase built to last for years.

Beyond the functional advantages and durable characteristics of steel staircases, architects and designers are keen on the utilisation of steel staircases due to their architectural versatility. Continue reading “Achieve Architectural Feats with Steel Staircases”

Choose the Right Design for Your Home’s Floating Staircase

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Staircases have a big impact on defining the aesthetic look of your home. Whenever people walk into a home, the first focal point that typically meets their eyes is the staircase. It’s a structure with both function and presence that when customised, threads seamlessly into the architectural style of any modern or traditional home.

While some homeowners opt for standard staircases, others transform the look of their home with floating stairs.

What is a Floating Staircase?

A floating staircase is a staircase with minimal or no visible support between the treads. It has no risers, creating the illusion that it is floating. In some cases, the treads cantilever from the wall and are supported on the other side by a balustrade. In others, the floating staircase has a single spine running below the treads.

Floating staircases, which are of European design, are one of the more stylish staircases in the market that enhance a home’s interior design. A lack of structure beneath each step creates the illusion of floating treads.

This floating illusion is further enhanced by other stair features such as glass balustrades and minimalist treads.
The light yet sturdy appearance of floating stairs appeals to many homeowners as they can be a dramatic accent to a room’s design. When used in an open floor plan, the staircase allows light to stream into the home, creating a relaxing and natural environment.
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