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Understanding The “5 Ws” Of Staircase Design

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Did you know that there are a number of basic considerations that need to be made when deciding on a staircase design for your home? These have been separated into the “5 Ws” – who, what, when, where and why – as a way of making them easier to remember and understand. We have outlined each of these Ws in the below list and hope that they will guide you from the beginning of your staircase project all the way through to the end. This way, your final product will be everything you wanted and more.

This may sound like the most obvious point, but it is one of the most important. Where is the staircase design going? Different styles and materials are required for different purposes, such as a fire escape or a small terrace home. Take a moment to consider how much space you have to work with on both floors.

The next point that you need to consider is what sorts of materials you will use (such as metal, natural stone, timber and glass). There are often several types of each of these materials available, so you will need to narrow down your choices to one that complements the space and that will be able to support your level of use.

This next point actually comprises a few questions that you need to ask yourself. Why are you building the staircase? Perhaps it’s for your new home or perhaps you want to make a quick sale. Why are cost and budget important? Remember that the type of project will often determine how much you can afford to spend on the design.

The next point that you need to consider is who is going to be using the staircase. Is it being erected in an office building that entertains a large number of people everyday? Is it being built in a home that will see a lot of small children over the years? The answers to these questions may determine the kind of design you’re looking at.

The final point that you should consider is when you need the staircase design completed by. If you have months, this will give you plenty of time to source the components you want and get it perfect. If you need it finished as soon as possible, you may have to be a little flexible and make some compromises in order to see success.

If you are in the process of investing the various stair designs that are available to you for an upcoming project, make sure you keep the “5 Ws” in mind at all times. This will ensure that your final product is the perfect solution for your needs and that there are no complaints. Forgetting to look into even one of the above considerations could have disastrous results for your staircase, from making it unsafe to making it a complete eyesore. It can often help to write these Ws down so that they remain in the forefront of your mind.

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