The location of your loft conversion stairs is a vital part of your overall loft conversion design. It forms the ‘bridge’ between the old and new and it is usually the first piece of work to be completed.
However, the staircase is not just a design feature. It’s also an important safety aspect of the conversion and it must conform to strict building regulations which will need to be signed off by an independent inspector. The stairs to your loft conversion must provide an adequate escape route in case of fire and so working with an experienced loft conversion company like Econoloft will ensure the plans are drawn up correctly.
Once we have designed your loft and decided where the staircase will go, we will work with you to develop the finer details of the staircase so they meet your individual needs.
For example, if the loft conversion is being used as a child’s bedroom or playroom, would you want child friendly hand rails? If the room will be used by a more mature person should we consider stairs that are not particularly steep and have banisters on both sides?
What about lighting? Do you need a switch at the top and bottom of the stairs? Maybe you would like in-stair lighting for a modern and contemporary feel?
If the room is being used by a teenager that enjoys loud music and sleep-overs, do you want to install an additional door at the bottom of the stairs to sound-proof the loft conversion from the rest of the house?
Many of our customers have traditional homes with period features and naturally want a new staircase to blend in with the rest of the house.
Geoffrey and Christine Morris raised two children in their Edwardian terraced house in Surrey. The property has many original features including a beautiful staircase with rounded mouldings to the sides, pierced spindles and fluted newel posts.
Geoffrey said: “Thanks to the Econoloft team and their recommended contractors the loft conversion blends in seamlessly with the rest of the house. The staircase in particular is magnificent. It was so reassuring to know we were dealing with professionals”
Whatever your property type or size, the stairs to your loft conversion is the first part of your new space – it will set the tone for the new room and will create the first impression. Like all first impressions – it needs to be a good one!
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