A spiral staircase is one of the most impressive types of staircases you can put in your home, but before you do, you want ...
to make sure you're putting it in the right place. And to find out where you should place spiral staircases, Meghan Carter of http://www.AsktheDecorator.com visited Adam's Stair Works.
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Meghan: Spiral staircases are one of the most impressive type of staircases you can put in, in your home but before you do you want to make sure you are putting it in, in the right place and to find out where you should place spiral staircases I am here at Adam Stairs.
I am hitting the road, searching for answers, and finding great design, it is a quest for beauty, function, and of course, inspiration.
A spiral staircase can add the interest to a room but if it is installed in the wrong location, you can just become a pretty nuisance. Thankfully, Doug Adams President and owner of Adams Stair Works know the best places to install spiral staircases.
Doug: There is probably more of a topic of discussion or conversation in a house like a piece of fine piece of furniture than anything. You will see them in the corners of libraries, master bedrooms mainly going to lost spaces under 500 square feet considered nonliving space. They are fun stair to have it is—you can whip up them real quick, if you are not caring anything that is very functional for just little side get away place. But as far as functioning goes you cannot carry laundry baskets up them.
Meghan: So you can for this near your laundry room because that is a bad idea.
Doug: Yes, bad idea. Bad idea.
Meghan: Spiral staircases are beautiful. Yet in practical if you plan on carrying things up or down them. And do not think that is only a problem when they are next to laundry rooms.
Doug: They won’t make a code for—
Meghan: So basically, that means that they cannot be used as your main staircase.
Doug: Correct, they cannot be used a primary staircase.
Meghan: But do not lose all hope if you have your heart set on a spiraling main staircase. You can get one you will just have to go for the upgraded model.
Doug: We get into some larger size spirals which are really called the double helix which will in the eight foot diameter and that will have an inside stringer going up. They are considered spirals but they can meet regular code you can adopt that. Now it is a type of the spiral okay but it is much larger so it would not be economical to use in a tight space like a library loft.
Meghan: That is where you would use it like as your front staircase.
Doug: As your front staircase but they are very large and you know and a little more costly.
Meghan: Once you got your heart set on a spiral staircase whether it is a regular spiral or a double helix it is time to consider the type you want and normally it all comes down on how much money you are willing to spend.
Doug: When you re trying to decide to buy a spiral staircase you have to look at a couple things. Number one, how often are you going to use it, how much of a focal point is it in the house? You can buy metal spiral you will buy wood spirals, we sell both. The metal spirals are generally more cost effective. You have spiral staircases like this one here, this is called rail over construction where the balusters go to the underside of the rail. You have post to post construction represented here. This type of construction is more expensive than the spirals. Most people when they think of spirals I think of a contemporary rectangular rail with a baluster or spindle bolted to the side of the rail. That is so more cost effective way to go.
It is kind of a budget minded thing. You know most people were building a lot of spirals in libraries that is probably the number one place it is going. A two-storey library in home, executive home and people wanted to be that piece of furniture.
Meghan: Whether you want the expensive model or the cost effective option, a spiral staircase is sure to be talked about beautiful and unique. A spiral staircase sits in a room more as a focal point than a point of ingress. And when it comes to function, a spiral staircase can get you where you are going to fast as long as your hands are empty. But mainly spiral staircases are for catching eyes and leaving an impression.
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