Clerkenwell Roof Extension + RenovationContemporary Staircase, London
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…but also look into positioning your new staircase independentlyFor instance, it can often be that a staircase away from the stairs below will work best. (See also ‘Peruse the possibility of a private stair’, below, for another alternative.)There are no hard and fast rules, as every situation is different, but in short the issue at hand is all about where it’s best to depart the lower floor, where it’s best to arrive at the upper floor, and how those two points can most effectively be connected by a staircase.
Twist and turnThe new staircase, of course, doesn’t necessarily have to go above the existing one. Stairs can be arranged in all sorts of different ways to make best use of space, as this example with three winding turns shows nicely. The key is to think carefully where the best place to depart the first floor will be and where the best place to arrive on the loft level will be, and then consider how these two positions could be connected by a stairway. It can be a bit like figuring out a Rubik’s cube puzzle sometimes, but that’s often how the design process works – lots of sheets of tracing paper, and working over and over the different options until the best solution is found.
Square the circleHere, the concept of a spiral staircase has been adapted to be wide enough for general use and also to fit into a square space. The tapered steps all radiate from the centre, but splay out to meet the squared enclosure. While this kind of staircase can work wonderfully well, it’s not necessarily a space-saving solution. Clearly it requires much less length than a straight flight, but what it saves in length, it takes back in width. Think carefully about the ideal origin and arrival points of the staircase on both floors for the circulation of each and find the format of staircase that fits best.
Showcase the stairsIf you’re converting your loft, you’ll need a new staircase, so make it an object of beauty you’ll appreciate every time you use it. This winding version, although tucked into a corner, subtly draws attention to itself through its clean and crisp detailing.