During the deliberating and planning of your future home, the designing aspect is quite possibly the most exciting (and often most thought about) facet. From deciding on the colour of the exterior to the style of floor and even the actual furniture that will eventually be strategically placed in your brand-new home, however, for many prospective new homeowners, the staircase is sometimes overlooked as a notable design feature of the home.
In its most basic form, the staircase serves to get the home occupants from one area of the home to another – but aside from its functional purpose, a staircase also provides a powerful aesthetic element to the home. Your staircase can be as simple or as bold as you like. It is important to be sure of the staircase you choose to go ahead with as they can be costly to replace/redo.
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing (or designing) the staircase when you build your new home.
Do you have the space?
As the floorplan of your new build home comes together, you will get a sense of how much space you have to work with. The amount of space available in certain parts of the house can make or break the decision – at this stage, you will decide whether your staircase will serve as a feature in your home or a more functional role. Be sure to discuss your ideas with your builder who will consider all aspects of the floorplan and put forward suggestions and options available to you that won’t take up too much room if space is limited.
Will your staircase fit in your budget?
Building a staircase is no cheap understating (and Unless it is already included in your floorplan), you will need to consider the cost. So, once you know that a staircase is even an option, you’ll then need to consult the budget to see if it is feasible and if so – you would have to choose the design and materials that are within your budget. Ask for quotes from suppliers so that you can get a guide on costs before deciding on specific materials.
There’s nothing worse than starting a build aspect and not finishing it as planned due to a lack of funds.
What Style will it be?
Staircase design and style can really make a statement and add a feature to the home. You should, however, thin about the overall look and style of your home and design your staircase to compliment the rest of the house. Some designs are minimal and efficient with space whilst others are lavish and expansive.
Elements that make up the style of the staircase include
Type – There are 5 common types of staircases
The style you choose will be dependent on the style of your home and the available space
Railings – Your options are endless when it comes to railings and balustrades design and creativity, but most importantly they need to be functional and structurally sound to adhere to safety regulations. When it comes to selecting railings, you have to consider who will be using the staircase. If you have children, be sure that the railing has sufficient support and have no large openings that they could fall through. As master builders, the team at Valcon Homes are experts in building best practices and regulations to ensure the integrity and safety of your family.
Materials – The materials you choose should essentially compliment the style and features of your house. Depending on the style you go for, certain materials are better suited to certain styles.
- Glass – Modern look for minimalist chic (a bit costlier)
- Wood – Used to give a more traditional, rustic look (however can be mixed with other elements for a more contemporary style)
- Steel – Gives a ultra-modern, industrial look with a robust style
- Carpet – For a more soft, cosy look and also a bit more cost effective
Whether you’re in the process of designing your custom build dream house or you’re looking into current double storey house designs, the team at Valcon Homes can work with you to design your ideal staircase.
Browse our double storey house designs here.