Whether it acts as a centerpiece or simply as a means to travel from one floor level to the other, staircases play a significant role in a home’s interior layout and design.
There is a great deal of details that need to be taken into consideration in the building and installation of staircases. This is why carefulness, experience and expertise are required in the management of a staircase project.
Allow me to share with you five key considerations to keep in mind when putting in place a staircase:
- Home style – If interior design is not your specialty, make sure you have someone guiding you in choosing a staircase that complements the look of your home.
- Species/ Material – Typically, it is recommended that a staircase be made of the same hardwood species as the house’s existing floor. The most common used species are Maple, Birch, Oak, Ash and Walnut.
- Color and shade – The color and shade of your staircase should be harmonized with the color and shade of the existing floor. Your staircases and handrails expert will help you find the right dye if necessary. In some cases, Thermally Modified Wood might be an interesting option as it modifies the colors of the wood to give it a nice and natural look that is easy to maintain.
- Balusters and handrails – Balusters and handrails are very important, not only on a security aspect but also in defining the aesthetic and style of staircases. A variety of materials can be used to complement your wooden staircase such as steel, forged steel, tempered glass and evidently, wood.
- An important consideration: The carpenter – Choosing a carpenter is one of the most important aspects of your staircase project. A carpenter that works wood from A to Z right from shop is always a good indicator. This means that nothing is bought from a third-party supplier and also, if there are any modifications to you project along the way, they can be done rapidly and without any hassle since every piece is made onsite.
Staircases come in a variety of styles, patterns and shapes : modern, rustic, contemporary, coastal; regular, floating or waterfall steps; with or without landings and turnings; and many more possibilities.
The building and installation of a wooden staircase is not a one size fits all project. This is why your choice of carpenter is a crucial element in the success or your staircase installation project. He or she will be attentive to your needs in terms of budget, design, use and target deadline. Most importantly, your carpenter should be willing to travel to the site of the project (usually your home) and take the time to discuss with your needs to make sure they are fulfilled entirely. The quality of service is often times a great gauge to the quality of the product delivery.
Charles Blais, Director at Wood Collective