A Step By Step Guide To Stair Design

Home Builder with Javic Homes

By Vince Gaboury, ProBuild

A staircase can enhance both beauty and value to your home. A stairway is usually the first thing that someone sees upon entering a home, so choosing a stair system to match the style of your home is the key to making a grand focal point.

New home builders Tampa should follow these 5 quick steps when selecting a stair system:

1. Systems - Your first decision should be to pick which type of system to use, which will reflect the style of your home. The two most common types are “post to post” and “over the post”.

The “post to post” system is where the posts are taller than the actual railing. This type of system works well in colonial style homes. The “over the post” system creates more of a traditional or contemporary style. The railing sits directly over the post and is connected with a variation of fittings allowing the top rail to maintain a continuous flow.

2. Balusters - Selecting the type of baluster should be your next decision. A baluster is the upright spindle that secures your rail to the steps and floor.

The two most common types of balusters are wood and iron. Wood balusters form many different styles, ranging from colonial to contemporary. Wooden finishes may be painted, natural, or stained. Iron balusters also have many different styles and colors, from simple to elegant. Iron balusters offer a highly decorative look and design.

3. Handrails – The railing is important for both look and function. When choosing your railing make sure that you pick one with not only the right style, but one that is graspable with your hand. You will be holding on to the rail every time you go up and down the stairs, so don’t sacrifice safety and comfort for looks.

4. Newels - A newel is an upright post that supports your handrail. You can choose from wood to iron to get the correct style to accent your stair system.

5. Wood Species - When selecting your rail you will need to pick what type of wood species you prefer. The most common used in this area has been Red Oak; however there has been a recent surge in the use of Hickory and Cherry. Keep in mind if you are using a wood floor you may want to match your stair system to the floor. Just make sure it will not clash with your floor.

There are many shapes (straight, spiral, arched, loft, single and double winder) and additions (seated landings, nooks, under-stair storage) when it comes to staircases. Whether you build an elegant grand oak staircase or a contemporary spiral stair made of glass and concrete, it will define your home. By selecting the proper stair system you will add both class and long term value to your home with a product that will last nearly a lifetime.

Javic Homes would like to thank ProBuild for guest blogging and providing us with an educational insight on how to design the perfect staircase for your custom home. If interested in learning more about building a custom home, contact us.

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