Why use a consultant?
The staircase is the largest single item in any house, it has to meet the landings correctly and is the foundation for the handrail.
Many staircase designers and builders design the stairs without thought to the handrail or the floors that the staircase has to interact with, this can lead to many problems once the stairs have been fitted. This may mean you do not get the handrail to flow correctly and the stairs may not meet the walls at the right point or even how the underside meets the ceiling line.
wether your stairs are traditional or modern the geometry is the key. Geometry of the staircase also controls any features you may want, such as Monkey's tail or offset opening caps set over newel posts.
Getting the stairs designed correctly can save thousands of pounds in correcting design errors at a later stage. the stairs should be designed before the hallways are set out with doors and skirtings to ensure a satisfactory outcome.
Wish to learn more about stairs?
Are you looking at creating your own stairs or learning more about stairs? Knostairs.com is a resource and guidance site that gives hints and tips on how to design and set out stairs, what to look out for, the best time to design your stairs, different styles of feature treads, 1:1 handrail profile prints, spindle designs, 3d downloads for design visuals, etc
The site is fairly new and still building if you are an architect or deigner this site is a site to keep an eye on. The site is designed to help anyone that has to work with geometric stairs.