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50 STAIRS, BALUSTRADES & BALCONIES


instant wow-factor, then another option is to consider installing contemporary glass balustrades. The addition of glass balustrades not only adds a sense of style to a minimal design scheme, but interior designers have noticed the benefits of using glass in hallways due to its light- inducing properties, creating the feeling of space in more modest surroundings. Alternatively, if you are in the process of designing a new build with a traditional look, it may be worth considering a luxurious white oak spindle design. Oak spindles often become the main feature of a hallway, so it’s vital to make sure that the hallway in question can handle the statuesque look of a grand and striking design. If the project needs an attention- grabbing look, white oak spindle designs offer exceptional detailing and a perfect finish for a look that’s in proportion to the scale of the hallway.


STEP UP THE SAFETY


As much as style is a major priority for homeowners, a main concern should also be the safety and security of this potentially dangerous part of the home, as recent statistics from the British Woodworking Federation Stair Scheme have revealed that 33 per cent of people have had an incident on the stairs in the last 12 months. Making sure to adhere to the most up to date Building Regulations is vital to provide the most secure stairpart solutions. The main regulation to be aware of is Part K of the Building Regulations, which covers Government guidelines in relation to protection against falling, collision, and impact in residential buildings. This states that guarding, such as a balustrade, must be fitted to stairs or a landing when there is a drop of 60 mm or more, to ensure the utmost safety when using the stairs. Another main consideration to make when planning the design of a staircase is whether to add a handrail to provide additional safety. The addition of a handrail reinforces the safety of the staircase by creating additional points of contact at all times, ensuring good balance and safety. Not only is a handrail a practical and secure solution, a stylish handrail can also enhance the look of a hallway, with minimal mess and disruption to the home.


TIME AND MONEY


When considering the installation of design-focused stairparts, it’s important to consider the time and restraints involved for such a project. Often a common misconception is that installing stairparts takes considerable time and effort, but in fact, there are many options available that mean the stairparts arrive pre-painted and varnished, so no work has to stop waiting for varnish to dry. A range of


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AS MUCH AS STYLE IS A MAJOR PRIORITY FOR HOMEOWNERS, A MAIN CONCERN SHOULD ALSO BE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THIS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS PART OF THE HOME


designs now also come with a pre-drilled handrail, baserail and spindles, so many of the designs can be installed in less than 24 hours.


Being such an easy and simple solution to create added value to a project, it’s


worth investing in designer stairparts to help cast a stunning finish on the entrance of a home.


Zara Prescott is communications executive at Richard Burbidge


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