Staircases are not always the first thing you think of when dreaming of your custom home, however they can play a key role in the final look and feel of your interior space. As you go through the design process there are a few questions you will need to answer including how much of an influence they will be. No matter the size, style or decorative appeal; the stairs in your log or timber home are a vital component to its flow and functionality as well as being a statement of your personality and sense of inspired living.
The stairs in your mountain style home, although serving a distinct purpose; have the opportunity to enhance the flow and design of the living space. Where and how you want to incorporate stairs into your house is essential. How much space you want your stairs to occupy and the location of the stair system, will determine what style fits your log or timber home best. Discussing design opportunities with your architect can help determine their location, whether tucked away in a corner or center point of the room. If your inclination is toward grand, sweeping stairs; consider the straight run stairway, whereas, if you want to conserve space without sacrificing elegance, an L-shaped staircase might be a better fit for your log home.
Considering the amount of use your stairs will get is also a helpful indicator in choosing the placement and design of this feature. If your stairs are located in the great room and lead up to a frequently used area like a loft, a broader staircase would be more accessible for foot traffic. In contrast, a secondary staircase that does not endure as much traffic, such as one leading up to a private loft from a bedroom, could be an opportunity to use a spiral or circular design.
Once you’ve determined your placement and level of traffic, how you choose to configure your stairs will help characterize your home’s flow and personality. Aside from the traditional straight run and L-shaped stairways; there is the option of utilizing return stairs, winders, and spiral or circular stairs. Open and closed treads also elicit different feelings in a stair’s structure. Choosing to add a railing of wood, metal, plexi-glass or cable are also options to consider in the design process. Perhaps you want artistic detailing fashioned into the metal of your railing, or an intricate carving etched into the post. Even the materials used for your stairs will affect the style of your home; framed stairs are often seen in traditional log homes while log and timber stairs are associated with a more rustic theme and metal for those designs that are more contemporary.
The stairs of your home are not just a bridge connecting one level to another; they are vital components to your home’s design. Whether you choose a simple nondescript staircase or one that makes a grand and sweeping entrance, it is important to keep these aspects of size, style and location in mind when designing your dream log or timber home.