Stairs construction

Exhausting staircase space

The staircases have been deemed as one of the greatest ‘wasters’ of space. There often exists a large amount of space under the stairs that if not well used could end up being quite some large amount of wasted space with no relevance. So, what do we do to ensure we exhaust the space under the staircase? What can we creatively do with it to maximize its efficiency and its use? Here are 4 suggestions on how you can exhaust your staircase space.

  1. Use it as a store

That large amount of space under the stairs can very conclusively act as a storage space for your equipment. The home is often crowded with a lot of items that we barely use and this could be the best place to store them. From equipment used for gardening to cleaning equipment and even items used in any form of home repairs, this is the best place to store them. It is very vital, however, to sort the store properly to prevent any loss or damage to your equipment. Ensure the store is properly arranged and cleaned regularly to just ensure the space does not end up being a store of dirt, dust, and germs as well.

  1. Use it as a home office

I had barely ever thought of this as an ideal place for an office until the 2020 Corona Virus happened. Then I realized that all one needs to do is make the space comfortable, warm, and convenient for work; and productivity can even be higher than in the office. Depending on the nature of your work, and the equipment you might need in your office, all you need to do is to invest your time in making the space under the stairs as convenient as possible for a work environment.

  1. Use it as a home for your pet

I don’t know about you, but I love pets. This under stairs space can serve as a perfect home for your furry little friend so they can feel a bit independent and not super smothered with love from you. You just ensure you put into consideration the size of your pet as you design the space into a pet home. Also, while at it, you can decorate both the exterior and interior of the home to make it as comfortable as possible for your furry friend.

  1. Prayer, Yoga or meditation

If you are a religious person and you pray a lot, then this is a perfect space for you. A gentle retreat point for you to dig deep into prayer without any form of interruption. Also, if you do yoga and love meditation then your understairs space can be your fresh breath from heaven. Whichever activities might require seclusion for you to efficiently do them, then this space might be the best for you to use.

The uses of this space are countless. You can literally turn it into anything. Depending on what you often like to do as a hobby, and the amount of space that is actually under the stairs, and also how much readjustments you might need to make, you can actually turn that space into anything that you want. It’s not that hard, you can do it. One very vital thing to remember is to involve all professionals required. Do not start changing that space into an office on your own and you want to do all the masonry, electrification, and even plumbing on your own. You might end up not only damaging your home but you could end up construction, or ‘making’, a health hazard to all the occupants of the premise.

How to maintain and protect wooden stairs

Well maintained wooden stairs always look beautiful and new every day. Cleaning of the wooden stairs is not the same as cleaning other surfaces in your home. It should be unique for them to look attractive and last for long. Ensuring your wooden stairs are well maintained and clean is not difficult once you know what you need to do and the required tips and tools. It is advisable to find out the ways and methods on how to keep your wooden stairs well protected and maintained uniquely. Here are some ways in which you can maintain and protect your wooden stairs to last longer.

Ensuring your stairs is clean all the time

Consisted cleaning will make sure that your stairs remain as new for a long time. Thorough sweeping and regular vacuuming of your stairs is required to maintain and keep the stairs in good condition. Depending on the type of wood, you should use the recommended detergents for the hardwood used to make your stairs when cleaning them. It is easy to clean your stairs from top to bottom. Always ensure that you don’t leave wet spots or spills on the stairs for long because they can stain the wood easily.

Include an extra layer of protection

You can protect your wooden stairs by adding rugs near the entrance. The rugs ensure that it removes all the pieces of gravel from the bottom of your shoes which may cause scratches and dents on the surface of the wooden stairs. Avoid wearing sharp shoes at the bottom if you have to use the stairs because they may add scratches and damage the wooden stairs or ensure you have padded your legs to prevent the damage of the surface of the wood. Always check for scratches and dents in your wooden stairs regularly for early repair of the damage to extend its life span.

Refine your wooden stairs with varnish or oil               

It is advisable if you have not painted you wooden stairs to apply varnish or oil before stains and dirt appear on your stairs. By applying varnish or oil it prevents permanent marks and stains to appear in the surface of your wooden stairs. Varnishing your stairs will protect your wooden stairs from spills and damage. The varnish is easy to use and it requires a brush for you to apply it. The most used varnish is polyurethane varnish because it dries faster and you can apply another coat after 24 hours. The use of oil is another way you can prevent your untreated wood from drying out. It is also easy to apply oil in your wooden stairs because you only need a small paintbrush. Let the first layer of the oil soak thoroughly in the wood and apply another layer. The most commonly used oils are wood oil and hard wax oils. Oiling makes the wooden stairs waterproof. By refining your wooden stairs using varnish or oil will make sure that your staircases look new and last for long.

Prevent mold

Mold can grow on the surface of your wooden stairs. It mostly grows when the surface is not well stained or when you don’t clean the surface of your wooden stair regularly. When it happens to grow in your wooden stairs you need to use the disinfection designed to kill mold pore and use it to wash your stairs thoroughly because when you wipe it appears to have gone but it late comes back again. It is good to prevent the growth of mold by ensuring that the wooden stairs are dry up from any wetness on their surfaces.

Maintaining and protecting wooden stairs is not easy but with these ideas, you can manage and prevent any damage and stains. Through them you will ensure your wooden stairs looks beautiful as new and last for long. Lets maintain and protect our wooden stairs every day.

Stair Installation Steps

Do you know that you can successfully install a staircase on your own? These eight steps details and provide some staircase installation basics. These steps will assist in the stair installation process:

Select the Design and Style

The first phase is deciding the staircase design to put up at the residential facility. There are many online materials that offer a vast portfolio of style as well as design inspirations. Some of the staircase styles are ladders, straight, spiral, U-shaped, L-shaped, and curved stairs. Factors to consider when deciding on the right stair: home space, material, purpose, design along with durability.

Determine whether the Stair needs replacement or repair

The homeowner should be aware that despite a staircase having enormous wear and tear; for instance, missing spindles, worn treads, among others. Either fixing or replacing the parts could save the residential owner costs instead of buying an entire staircase. However, the stair could be old and depleted, the best solution is replacing the part or whole stair. The buyer should also use staircase types that are easy to get repair parts which save times as one will not travel far to acquire them or take a long time to be delivered.

Choose the Right Staircase Material

The material to make one’s desired stairs varies from classic to contemporary or traditional to modern using wood, glass, or metal. Not to mention, a homeowner should do extensive research on how these different stairs materials look in an abode similar to one’s home resulting in more satisfaction after the staircase is installed. To begin with, wood is widely used in western countries, the hardwood such as oak, walnut among others, and softwoods, for instance, pine and hemlock. The other material is metal especially aluminum and steel which are very durable. The last material is glass which is more fragile but produces a contemporary look.

Acquire the Right Information and Advice

The sources of advice and information on ways to build stairs are plenty from online sources as well as people; but one should be keen on the information they acquire since it may incur extra costs in the overall cost of building the stair. The homeowner should get professional services from stair manufacturers because they can visualize the style and design that a client wishes to accomplish.

Measure the Stairs

The staircase comprises of two main section: steps, treads and rises, as well as the balustrades, handrail, newel post and spindles. These components must be measured accurately and selected in the correct size along with quantity.

Determine a Budget

Depending on whether an owner wants to replace, repair or build an entirely new staircase, preparing a budget before the work begins on site is essential. A budget enables the owner to determine the materials to use depending on money available as well as if the decoration is possible; for example, exchanging wooden spindles with metal spirals to transform the balustrades from dull to splendid.

Staircase Safety

A homeowner should ensure that all the staircase components meet the safety requirements as outlined by the current building regulations pertaining to measurements. Also, the children and elderly people may use the staircase; hence, affecting the style of the stairs.

Shop for the Parts or Entire Stairs

The last step is dependent on whether one wants to buy a whole staircase or parts of the balustrade. Most of the staircase parts are available in sets such as handrails that are ready to install. It is worth noting that one should purchase high quality products to ensure they have a long lifespan.

In many contemporary homes, staircase has become one of the major interior design elements. Also, people can now install the stairs at their own using these guidelines: choosing the design, determining the material to use, consider safety of the staircase, among others.

How to Construct The Perfect Stairs

More than just for convenience, stairs have become a very core part of the aesthetic value of a home. Straight from the architectural and interior design, homemakers think and fantasize about the staircases they will have in their homes. So, as a potential homemaker, or even a construction specialist, or an interior designer; what do you look out for to ensure you get the best in terms of your stairs even before you start the construction? We dissect 5 things every novice, as well as expert, should look out for while planning to construct stairs in their homes, or for clients.

  • Material

As you draw the basic architectural design of your house, with the help of a professional, you must decide the actual material you will use for the construction of your staircases. With the inception of modernity and technology, there are almost limitless materials anyone can use. The most common are glass, wood, steel, and concrete. Often, one can use a combination of several elements just to add on the aesthetic value of the staircases.

  • Design

There are almost limitless approaches that someone can use for designing their staircases. Depending on whether it is interior or exterior, one can have designed such as spiral staircases to floating stairs, ribbon stairs as well as pullout stairs. There are so many possibilities in terms of the design of the staircases of one’s dreams including a combination of several design templates. For staircases, literally, if you can think it, you can construct it- so long as it is physically viable.

  • Home Space

Of course, while doing your staircase construction, you must consider the kind of space you have. Often, pullout designs are more viable in smaller spaces. Other designs are a bit more flexible in terms of home space. For instance, a larger interior space can go with almost any design. Exterior spaces, on the other hand, seldom attract fancy staircases with complicated designs. Designs such as ribbon, spiral or floating are more flexible in terms of home space and can work in both smaller home spaces as well as larger ones.

  • Purpose

One of the modern trends of staircases construction purposes that have increasingly become mainstream is for aesthetic value. Homeowners spend quite some fortune constructing, sometimes rudimentary, staircases within their houses just for beautification purposes. Some staircase designs, such as the floating stairs and spiral stairs are such eye candy. On top of that, construction material such as glass is believed to increase the aesthetic value of staircases. Therefore, while selecting a design for your staircase, it is important to determine whether you are constructing it for ascension purposes or for home aesthetic value.

  • Durability

How long do you plan for your stairs to last? Do you plan to use them for just a year as construction is ongoing in your attic or do you plan to use it for an entire lifetime, or better yet, across generations? As you ponder upon the longevity that you would like your stairs to have, both indoor and outdoor, remember that a construction once done cannot be altered. Therefore, there is no need to have a concrete staircase meant for temporary use. Rather, it is better to use wood as a substitute as it will be cheaper and easier to make adjustments.

Staircases are an integral part of a household. They have slowly evolved from just being a medium of ascension and descending to being some of the most aesthetic areas in a household. Individuals invest a lot of money to ensure they get the perfect staircases that serve the exact dream they have for their households.

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