Attic conversions are a popular way to create more space in a home. The existing roof will dictate the shape of the ceiling in most cases, and these shapes make loft rooms interesting, unique and a joy to be in. The roof will also be a fundamental influence on the stairway you have fitted. The position and the style of stairs will need careful consideration to make the most of your loft conversion.
Things to think about when considering your attic stairs options
Gaining access to your new attic room has to be thought of with advice from the professionals. The new stairway has to: look good; take up minimal space; have sufficient head room all the way to the top; be compliant with local building regulations; and be usable. It is also likely that the stairs will lead to a hallway which has access to an external door to meet fire regulations, so having steps opening into another room might not be an option.
Once you’ve discussed your needs with your builder, you can start to think about your design. Do you want a traditional stairway with shaped wooden spindles which you can paint? What about a beautifully crafted staircase made from oak? For an ultra modern look you could think about a floating staircase with clean, minimalist lines. Steel and glass is very popular for a more industrial look, or wrought iron can add a Tuscan design to things. Once you begin to browse ideas, the choices are almost limitless. To narrow things down, consider the rest of the house and what would fit best within it.
If access space is quite limited, there are a few space-saving stairways to look at. The angle will be steeper, the construction a bit narrower and the treads more shallow to create an attic access that takes up less room. One kind of staircase to consider when space is tight is the alternative-tread stair, sometimes called the ship’s ladder stair. There are a few different designs on the market, with a choice of traditional and more modern looks. Another way to get into your loft conversion could be by spiral staircase. These have been around for a long time and come in a wide range of designs. They can look very stylish indeed, especially if the stair is going to be in a highly visible location.
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