Nothing can transform your home quite like a magnificent wooden staircase, whether you are looking for a contemporary spiral design with floating glass or a grandiose Tudor oak staircase complete with authentic spindles and panellings. However ambitious your plans, Nordstrom draw on over 60 years of experience in the trade and have the skill to bring even the most ambitious plans to life. We’ve done everything from designing bespoke wooden staircases for listed buildings to creating modern masterpieces for brand new homes.
In this blog, we’re going to take a closer look at a few of the most popular types of staircase.
Straight Staircases – An ever popular design, the beauty of straight staircases is in the simplicity but many different features can be added to make them unique. They are usually the easiest to manufacture, therefore the most cost effective, and work best in minimalist homes. No landing is required if the number of risers is less than 16 or if the overall vertical height is less than 12 feet.
Quarter Turn Staircases (or “L-Shaped”) – Similar to straight stairs, but with a 90 degree bend built into some portion of the stair which is often achieved by adding a landing at the bend transition point. Quarter turn staircases can be more visually interesting and also add some privacy and soundproofing between floors. They are also considered to be safer as the landing reduces the number of treads one could potentially fall.
Winder Staircases – Another variation of the l-shaped staircase, winder stairs differ by having a pie shaped or triangular steps at the corner transition. Visually, winder staircases seem to create a more seamless transition as they meander around corners making them a popular choice for contemporary homes. The compactness of the design also makes them a great space saving solution making them attractive in sustainable home designs.
Spiral Staircases – Often confused with curved stairs, spiral staircases differ as the treads radiate around a centre pole and the overall design is much more compact. There are many variations on railing styles which can totally change the appearance and are a popular choice in buildings where space is at a premium. The centre pole and landing typically provide the structural support which makes them easier to install than other designs.
Curved Staircases – A truly elegant design, curved staircases make a wonderful first impression and are usually located at the entry. They are often used to complement more traditional style homes but they can be adapted for a more modern look. The complex nature of the design usually means curved staircases are one of the most expensive choices, particularly those with a large radius.
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Whatever kind of staircase you would like, we can help you plan, design and even manufacture it here in our on-site Joiner’s Shop in Sunderland. We also stock a wide range of stair parts including handrails, spindles and newels which can be produced to your exact specifications.
You are more than welcome to visit our show home at any time to see some examples of our work and chat to our design team. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us directly for more information on any of our products or services.