Room additions, story additions, remodels, and grand entry ways–what are they without a centerpiece? The centerpiece to many a home is the staircase, which highlights the style of your home. Whether you are completely redoing your staircase or freshening it up, knowing your options is crucial. The following is a guide to the types of staircases available.
Straight Run Stairs
These are the most common and least expensive. They run in a straight line with no landing. Of course, straight run stairs can become more expensive by using better materials.
These have one 90-turn with one landing. L-stairs on common fixes when there is not enough room for a straight run staircase.
Very similar to the L-stairs, double L-stairs have two landings and two 90-degree turns. They are fairly expensive to build, which is why they are less common in residential construction.
U-stairs are two straight flights that are parallel to one another. They meet on one landing and require a large amount of space.
These stairs have a similar shape to L-stairs, but with no landing. The landing is replaced by curved stairs, which are not as safe, but used when there is no space for a landing.
Spiral stairs are the traditional loft stairs that are used when there is very little space available. These are not recommended for those with limited mobility or children as they are not the safest choice. While fairly unsafe for certain populations, spiral stairs make a dynamic artistic statement..