When it comes to spiral staircases in Edinburgh, Windsor Bespoke are known as the go to manufacturers for this.
For many people, spiral staircases are known as a feature in a home. They create the addition of extra living space, such as a raised sleeping area. As with any home feature, there are a number of good and bad points regarding spiral staircases that need to be considered before you put one in your home.
Apart from anything else, you have to decide whether a spiral staircase will look right in your house as it might just clash with existing features.
What Is A Spiral Staircase
- Staircases that, as it rises, turns constantly around a central axis (which may be a solid axis or an open centre).
Advantages of Spiral Staircases
One of the biggest advantages of a spiral staircase is the creation of space.
They don’t occupy the same amount of space as a regular staircase, so if you’re putting in a second story or a room addition, a spiral staircase makes an excellent option.
That said, there are choices to be considered regarding a spiral staircase.
The more gradual the climb, the more space the staircase will take for ease of use. If space is at a premium, you’ll need a steeper incline, which may present problems in itself.
Disadvantages of Spiral Staircases
The fact that spiral staircases take up so little floor space is also their biggest disadvantage.
Almost inevitably, they’re going to be steeper than regular stairs; therefore, they are difficult for some people to use, especially the elderly.
The circular movement as one climbs or descends can also be unnerving to some people. It can also present problems for large people or those unsure of their balance.
Although they’re fairly common these days, you need to be sure that spiral staircases meet the building codes in your area, especially if you’re going for a custom build on the staircase.
Regulations cover them, and you need to be sure you comply with the rules.
To look good, you need a high-quality staircase that’s fitted correctly. If you make an opening that is too big for the staircase, it just becomes an eyesore.
Spiral Staircases Edinburgh Design Ideas
When it comes to spiral staircases, there are various designs you can look at however you need to make sure you have the space for a spiral staircase.
If you have architectural drawings then we would be happy to look at them to give you a quote for your spiral staircase.
NOTE: We also install staircases so get your staircase manufactured, delivered and install by the Windsor Bespoke team.
Is My Staircase Subject to Building Regulations?
We help clients establish is whether the staircase is subject to the Building Regulations as this will determine the choice of sizes available to you. Normally this is simply established by understanding what it is that you are trying to achieve.
For example, if you are making structural changes to the property or wishing to extend or add to the property external then normally planning consent will be required. Therefore it is implied that Building Regulation requirements will also need to be meet.
However, if you are wishing to put in a staircase to access an established room within your property it may not be necessary to seek planning consent.
What to Do If Your Staircase Needs Building Regulations?
Assuming that you spiral staircase is subject to Building Regulations, there are four main requirements that need to be meet.
- Firstly, is the clear width of the spiral stair tread, this is the measurements between the inside of the centre pole and the inside of the handrail.
- The second requirement is the centre going of the tread, which is the measurement from the centre point of the tread from the nosing of one tread to the nosing on the other.
- The third is that there is no gap on the staircase more than 100mm.
- Finally, at any point on the spiral you will need a minimum of 2000mm of headroom. Each rise will be between 200 and 220mm to ensure that this last requirement is achieved as you walk up and under the staircase. This is often overlooked when a staircase is being used to access a room with an apex roof.
Contact Windsor Bespoke Today
If you are looking to have a spiral staircase manufactured or manufactured and installed in Edinburgh then give us a call today.