Modern or Classic: Which Staircase Design Works Best for Your Home Décor?

Whether you’re building a new home from scratch or renovating your current one, the design of your staircase is something to take a bit of time considering. Staircases have evolved from being a functional part of a home to also becoming a design element. Usually located in the lobby or the entrance hall, it is one of the first things a person sees when entering a house. A well-designed staircase makes a good first impression for visitors and improves the mood of residents when they come home.

There are a variety of staircase designs available in the market, created with different materials and styles. Some are made of glass and steel, while others are made of wood. The traditional straight staircase remains common among many homes, while circular and spiral staircases are making their way in new dwellings.

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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

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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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Level Up Your Home with a Beautiful and Modern Staircase

The days when staircases were only known for their function are long gone. Over time, staircases have become an integral part of a home’s layout and design. Often, they become a focal point of the residence due to their style and configuration.

When constructing or renovating your home, don’t let your staircase become an afterthought. A beautiful flight of stairs will add visual interest to your residence and increase its property value. Your stairs will be the first thing that visitors will see when they enter your home and the staircase can make or break first impressions. Additionally, there’s nothing compared to the feeling of walking into your house after a long day and seeing an elegant flight of stairs.
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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”

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”

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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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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4 Ways to Keep Timber Stair Treads in Premium Condition

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Timber staircases add a classic appeal to your property. Taking a piece of the outdoors into your property gives a natural and comforting vibe to your living space. Due to its natural elements, a little care is required to maintain its premium condition.

Typically, signs of wear and tear start to show on the horizontal treads where heavy foot traffic wears off the varnish topcoat, exposing the bare wood. Regular cleaning, scratch and dent touch-ups and the occasional refinish are some things that help keep timber treads looking their best.

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Achieve Architectural Feats with Steel Staircases

floating stairs with steel stringers

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”