STAIRWAYS TO HEAVEN
By Adrianne Hartley
Staircases are no longer just functional – they’re also a step in the right direction as a fashion statement for many new homes.
“The staircase enhances a house and becomes the showpiece depending on where it is situated. If it leads to a second floor and overlooks the foyer, it gives a grand impression,” says Chris Lu, marketing manager at Sabal Crafted Homes.
“When we design a house, we’re cognizant of where the staircase is situated and we try to make it a focal point.”
Gone are the days of the boring straight staircase with a wood railing and spindles. Today, there are many ways to make the staircase a beautiful feature by using unique designs and materials.
Circular staircases make a lasting impression in either a new or an older home and can cost the same as a plain straight staircase.
Typical U-shaped staircases are being built wider and the stairs longer, making it easier to move furniture as well as creating space for a display area on the main floor.
Many homeowners are also using different materials for spindles, posts and railings, rather than just wood.
Spindle, Stairs & Railings is taking staircases to new heights.
Homeowners can design their own staircases both through an interactive website and in the showroom.
“We’re finding many of our customers don’t want something that’s run of the mill, they want something that no one else has – they’re going for the ‘wow’ factor,” says Kevin Halliday, president of Spindle, Stairs & Railings.
Unique spindle designs, such as stainless steel combined with wood or custom-designed wrought iron spindles, turn a staircase into a functional piece of art.
Handcrafted rope spindles mimic the luxurious curves of a circular staircase, and can create a stunning effect.
Halliday says his company has also designed posts that have intriguing features such as holding an aquarium or a hidden safe.
“If you can imagine it, we can build it,” he says.