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Introduction

As for today the history of architecture numbers for many hundreds of years. During this long period numerous architectural styles and trends have appeared and gone. And the staircases have always been an apparent architectural element of any architectural style. At first it was a primitive stone and wooden stairs. Later in course of development of technology of wood, stone, and metal processing the staircases obtained some more elegant and balanced shape. Over the whole period of their history the stairs fulfilled their main function - it connected the levels located in different vertical planes. Later on the functional role of the stairs was added one more equally important role, it had to serve a fine element of design. The staircases just as any other architectural element reproduced the characteristic features of the style common to the particular period.

Nowadays if you decide to build the staircases, you have a great choice of technologies, tools, and materials capable of reproducing any style or bringing to life your own vision of staircases design.
Wood, metal, concrete, glass and their combinations can be used for stairs construction. Although wooden staircases have certainly become the most widespread. And it is wooden staircases that the resource Popular Stairs is devoted to.

Wood like no other natural material perfectly suits to stairs construction. Relative simplicity of processing, strength, durability, ecological compatibility, noble appearance, possibility to give any desirable tinge – all these qualities count in favour of wood. The presence of wood in any interior gives peculiar charm and fills the house with warmth and comfort.

 

 



Wooden staircases can combine different variants of configuration and decoration, and that is why everyone shall be able to choose a variant for himself. If you just plan your house, the best and most adequate solution will be to design the staircases and their styling at the stage of drawing that is prior to building the house. If you have just purchased the house or if you plan to repair your house, you can partly reconstruct your staircases by way of changing the newels, balusters or handrails in accordance with general design of the house. You can find more information on this issue in the section Stairs Design. But be careful, take into account all safety norms and follow local building regulations.


First of all we recommend reading the section Basic Stair Building, where you can find the information of the elements of staircases, basic dimensions and parameters, types, models, drafting and computational methods, as well as safety regulations. In the section Let's build stairs the process of the staircase building is described from printing of drawings and up to its installation. In the section Stairs Design you will find a good deal of valuable information as for how to change an ordinary staircase to the remarkable sight of your house, and how to give a unique style to the stairs and considerably hasten the process of their construction with the help of well-thought-out selection of components. In the section Stair Plans you can order drawings of your staircase. In the section Stair Building Tips you will find useful advice for staircase building. 

 


For some reason it is believed that the stairs construction is a complicated and laborious process. In reality it is not exactly so. Those who have decided to build the stairs with his or her own hands are frightened away at once by the computational complexity: what treads width, height of risers, pitch angle of stairs is required, what dimensions the stairs shall have in the plan, and how to calculate it all correctly and to make drawings? So how on earth one can build the stairs?! At our resource Popular Stairs we tried to smoothen things down for you as to calculation of stairs and preparation of drawings. So if you have some experience in woodworking and like contriving, you may try to build the staircases with your own hands.

 

To calculate your stairs yourself you can refer to the section Basic Stair Building and make all the calculations by yourself.

 

Our resource Popular Stairs has been created by our team first of all for DIY homeowners, who like to fill their houses with things made with their own hands, and the staircase is one of them. Here we tried to set forth the materials required for stairs construction in private houses in the sequence from theory to practice. It may also be useful for stair builders, stair installers, and contractors who want to safe time spent on staircase design and take advantage of ready-made solution. The primary virtue of our resource Popular Stairs is availability to order drawings of your staircase. If you use ready-made components for your stairs – handrails, newels, balusters, you will only have to manufacture basic structural parts – closed strings, open strings, landing, and assemble the staircase as a whole. When making the drawings we were guided by the generally accepted rules of ergonomics and safety. Prior to stairs construction, please, weigh up your capabilities, study the drawings carefully, think over the bonding techniques of components, and necessarily take a look at your Local Safety Regulations related to stairs construction and operation. We give no guarantee and bear no responsibility for possible failures in construction and operation of the staircase.

And please remember that safety all along the line is essential.

 



We wish you pleasant reading and successful projects!



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