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What Regulations Govern Floating Stair Designs in NZ?

When building in New Zealand, most floating stair designs will fall under either a main private stairway or secondary private stairway. 

A main private stairway consists of a private stairway with the sole purpose of providing access to and from frequently used spaces such as living areas, kitchens and garages. All exterior private stairways are also categorised under this section.

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Ackworth House Project Case Study: Queen St, Auckland CBD

Ackworth House has specialised in the joinery industry for over 40 years, providing floating stair designs and remodels across New Zealand. We’ve worked hard to become a trustworthy and reliable joinery and construction company New Zealand homeowners turn to when planning to build their transitional spaces between levels. 

Today we’ll be showcasing one of our most recent projects, giving you an inside look into our installation process and the total transformation we create for our clients. 

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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”

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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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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Office Design Elements that Boost Happiness and Productivity

office stairsRecent study results show that contemporary office designs may stimulate creativity and collaboration among employees.

A study conducted by the research agency Perspective found that 81 per cent of office workers in New Zealand believe the physical environment of their workplace has an impact on their happiness. Nine out of 10 workers agreed that if they are happy at work, they are more productive. Productivity improves your bottom line, as work is accomplished more smoothly and efficiently. Employees are also more likely to collaborate and innovate if they are comfortable in the workplace.

Whether you are starting or developing your company, taking steps to improve the physical environment of the workplace is necessary for taking care of the physical, mental and social well-being of your employees. Look into the following office features and see how you can develop them to keep your workers happy and healthy. Continue reading “Office Design Elements that Boost Happiness and Productivity”

Comfortable Home Elements for a Productive Office

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More offices are incorporating the warmth and comfort of residential interior design to enhance the happiness and productivity of employees. Office design that is flexible and inviting lets people work freely and helps foster collaboration.

Bringing the Comfort of Home to the Office

Developers and designers alike are redefining and redesigning office space by blending residential influences such as homely furniture, warm décor and wooden stairways into corporate spaces. By veering away from traditional floor plans and using open concepts, the workplace encourages employee connections that occur naturally. It can bring friendliness to space while keeping it professional. Continue reading “Comfortable Home Elements for a Productive Office”

Wood, Steel and Glass: Materials that Add Style to Commercial Staircases

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Commercial staircases range from traditional to contemporary designs. They add value to a commercial property through their aesthetic design and functionality. Choosing the right staircase for your property is all about considering its material, design and type.

Wood and steel are some common materials used to make classic or modern commercial stairs. As for the type, there are many selections to choose from such as the popular straight staircase or the elegant curved or spiral staircase. Besides the materials and types of staircases, you can choose between a classic or modern design. Continue reading “Wood, Steel and Glass: Materials that Add Style to Commercial Staircases”

Sleek Edgy Stairs: Industrial Interior Design Ideas for the Modern and Practical Establishment

Commercial building stairs

Today, we look into creating an industrial look for your establishment – with the stairs as your centrepiece.

While most interior design styles aim for a polished or refined air, industrial design dares to bare it all, sophisticatedly revealing what other styles conceal. This design surprises the eye with its unfinished look yet lures you in with its chic and cohesive mix of neutral tones, wood and metal surfaces, naked bricks and concrete and a dash of a vintage or rustic feel.

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