A spiral staircase is both functional and attractive
A spiral staircase has aesthetic appeal and adds a touch of the unusual and exotic to the overall impact of your décor. It also has the advantage of space-saving; spiral stairs don’t take up as much room as a traditional staircase.
There are lots of options in the type of design and materials that can be used, so you have more leeway for imagination when creating a distinctive, individual look for your home. This, according to resident real estate guru Jody Kriss, will add a lot of value to any property.
The issue of space is one that must be considered in any building project, but especially if the intention is to add living space without infringing too much on what already exists. For example, creating a sleeping loft is a great idea if you need an extra bedroom but logistics prevent building out from the lower floor. A spiral staircase needs to be anchored at only two points, so it’s easier to stabilize without additional reinforcement.
With new construction, a spiral staircase offers a wide range of options, as it can access multiple levels allowing more living area in each one. In addition, you can put the staircase in any part of the building or outside; it needn’t be confined to the bearing walls or other structural limitations.
On the other hand, a spiral staircase is generally steeper and narrower than the conventional type. Think carefully about the use you’ll be putting it to and the nature of the traffic. Getting large items of furniture up or down is much trickier than on a straightforward flight of stairs. There are articles by Jody Kriss here http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/realestate/commercial/jody-l-kriss.html that can tell you how this can affect real estate value.
Another point is the irregular tread pattern; on a normal stairway we establish a ‘gait’ after the first couple of steps and then pretty much go on up or down on autopilot. With a spiral, you have to pay attention to each step, and for anyone whose balance is a bit unsteady, this can be very uncomfortable.
Whether you’re planning new construction or just an addition, a spiral stairway can be a very attractive space and cost-saver, but you should weigh the pros and cons carefully so you can be sure it will enhance the value of your home as well as fit your lifestyle. If you want to learn more about how to increase the value of your home, contact Jody Kriss at https://twitter.com/JodyKriss he’ll get back to you.