Whether you have a grand entry hall, or minimal design, balustrades will be required for the safety and functionality of your stairs. Balustrade systems refer to the entire staircase fencing, including the handrails you hold on to for balance as you make your way up and down the steps. Balustrades can be simple or they can be ornate, and range in materials from polished hardwood, to steel, to glass. So long as your balustrades maintain your safety and comfort, they can be as inventive or as traditional as you like, which is why they’re often the focal point of homes in NZ.

Like light fixtures and paint colours, balustrades have a big visual impact. So how do you choose which material to use, when each material has advantages? Continue reading “WHAT IS THE BEST MATERIAL FOR YOUR STAIR BALUSTRADES?”

The Pros and Cons of Timber for Balustrades

In Depth Look at Timber Balustrades

At Ackworth House, we specialise in functional yet beautifying timber balustrades. Our balustrades will elevate the appearance of your home or business staircase, while providing a secure handrail to prevent falls. Balustrades come in a wide variety of styles and materials that offer you a unique design opportunity. From industrial paned glass, sleek wrought iron posts and lattices, and “floating” features, when it comes to balustrades you are spoiled for choice. However, if you are looking for a classic style that is low maintenance then timber is worth your consideration. Timber is a favoured material among architects and interior designers for both its versatility, timelessness and warm depth of tone. Timber balustrades can be designed in traditional through to contemporary edgy styles and works extremely well with other fixtures within a property. Is timber right for you? Let’s explore the pluses and minuses of a wooden balustrade. Continue reading “In Depth Look at Timber Balustrades”

What to Look for When Choosing your Next Balustrade

A new or renovated home brings so much joy and happiness, but most often neglect the stairs as a key architectural structure that links the downstairs with the upper floors. One easy way to enhance your home or office’s function as well as its style is to optimise the staircase, often the centrepiece for most homes. One such way to add style is with the balustrades systems on your stairway which line the edge of the staircase to prevent any falls while also serving as a handrail. With an array of different designs the opportunities are plenty for finding your ideal balustrade. Here we will address the options you have to give you a full picture on what your balustrade options are before you purchase. Continue reading “What to Look for When Choosing your Next Balustrade”

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5 Reasons To Choose Steel


When it comes to designing your home or commercial spaces, trends are always changing. We each want to create something modern and aesthetically pleasing while ensuring it will remain timeless and functional too. Steel balustrade systems provide endless opportunity to adapt to any space and style, giving them sleek aesthetic appeal that will stand the test of time.

Here are our top 5 reasons to choose steel for your next project:

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The Right Match: Finding the Ideal Balustrade for Your Staircase


A balustrade improves your home with both beauty and functionality. Aesthetically, a balustrade is a design element that can finish an overall look, making your stairs not just a functional part of the house, but a part of its statement. Balustrades are also a safety feature, providing security and support at an area of the house that has daily traffic.

When it comes to installing balustrade components there are many aspects that need to be considered in order to achieve a successful outcome. If all aspects are considered equally it will result in a balanced end result that will keep you safe and enhance the design of your residential or commercial spaces. Continue reading “The Right Match: Finding the Ideal Balustrade for Your Staircase”

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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Beauty is in the Details: Staircase Accents that Make Stunning Stairways

floating stairs

For something that takes up a significant amount of space, the staircase is an often overlooked design aspect. As such, its aesthetic and functional potential are, often, not maximised. As an area that gets a lot of foot traffic, it is one of the ideal spaces for adding a touch of personality or solidifying your interior design.
Unravel your staircase’s potential with these staircase design ideas.

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Strength Meets Style: Investing in Concrete Stair Treads

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Stairs don’t have to be purely functional. They serve both as safe and easy access points to another level and as an architectural feature in a structure. To fulfil all their functions, stairs must be well-built to meet building code regulations. The treads, for example, must provide adequate footing that prevents children from falling through open rises and demonstrate uniform rise between each flight and for consecutive flights.

Functionality aside, stairs play a major role in interior design. They can easily be the centerpiece of your home. They have to reflect your home’s individuality and blend seamlessly into your household’s overall style while also providing access between frequently used spaces at home.

If you’re looking to add interest to your staircase design, consider Ackworth House’s concrete stairs treads.Concrete is a versatile material used to add style and expression to any property. While it is mainly used as a substance for designing and building exterior features, concrete stair treads provide homeowners with many benefits.

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Glass Balustrades are a Modern and Safe Solution for your Staircase

Staircase with glass balustrade

Glass balustrades are a decorative architectural feature which also serve to keep people safe. This is best seen today in how they are utilised as a safety and decorative feature of staircases. Advances in glass manufacturing processes have meant that glass balustrades have the potential to add a sleek touch to a 21st-century home.

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