If you are remodeling a two story home or considering a second story addition, you will need to decide on the type of staircase that best suits your home, your budget, and your personal style. When you are working with qualified home remodeling experts like us, you will be able to trust our guidance as we let you know which types of staircase might work best in your design, and we can utilize our advanced 3D technology to help you fully visualize the plans.
Remodeling a staircase is a major project that can create an entirely new atmosphere in the home, providing a new functionality to the layout as well as an architectural statement and focal point. If you are considering a home remodel that will include a staircase, keep these types of stairs in mind.
Popular Styles of Stairs
This is an elegant and dramatic style of stair mostly found in historic homes and grand estates. One sweeping flight of stairs leads to a spacious landing, which then divides into two smaller flights that extend into opposite directions.
If you have a grand entrance and want to make a luxurious statement at the entry point of your home, a bifurcated staircase might be perfect for you. It requires plenty of space, and a flair for elegance and drama.
Floating stairs are perfect in a minimalist design, and might be best in a home without small children. There are no risers between the stairs and the structural supports are visually minimal to create the floating effect. Some designs even use a plexiglass or glass material to make them virtually invisible.
Winding around a central point of curvature, circular stairs make an efficient use of space while catching the eye as a piece of art in the room. They have a less sharp curve than a spiral staircase, making them easier to ascend and descend while providing a similar aesthetic.
Though similar to circular stairs, spiral stairs have a tighter curve and feature a central structural support. They can be more challenging to navigate, but fit into much smaller spaces.
For a traditional and formal entryway, consider a curved staircase. The crescent shape is a classic choice, often depicted in films as someone dramatically descends the flight. This style of staircase often works best in a home with traditional architecture and a desire for timeless appeal.
L-Shaped or Quarter Turn
L-Shaped (also called quarter turn) stairs are a simple, efficient use of space. Making a 90 degree turn, usually just a few steps up, they fit comfortably into a corner. In most cases, these are built against a wall, but can be used in a freestanding way in some home designs.
Ladder stairs and steep and minimal, ideal for small homes or tight spaces. The are a simple and cost efficient design, sometimes chosen as a secondary way to get to the upper level or a way to reach a loft space without taking away from any more floor space below than necessary.
A straight staircase is a cost efficient and traditional option, one of the most common choices. They work well in nearly all home styles and can be customized to have the architectural appeal you prefer.
U-shaped stairs, also sometimes called switchback stairs, are a great way to fit a staircase into a space that is not as long as needed for straight stairs but has extra width. They also provide some architectural interest to the design. They generally feature a landing at the halfway point, a great place to display artwork or a practical piece of storage, and also an obvious location for a window to let in natural light.
Winder stairs are almost the same as an L-shaped staircase, but rather than featuring a landing the steps simply continue. At the turning point, the steps become larger. This simple alteration can change the whole feel and aesthetic of the design, while also taking up less space.
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