This modern floating stairwell in Burlington demonstrates that one doesn’t need a sprawling house to have a beautiful and unique set of stairs with a lot of visual impact. “We wanted to create a stunning staircase but had very little room to fit one in. We overcame this by “fanning” out the treads instead of having a landing near the bottom,” explains John.
This adaptation created both more space, and an attractive curved shape that sets these stairs apart from the prevalent modern, all-straight-lines look. But John is more concerned with how this part fits into the whole:
“The real beauty of this staircase is that it makes the entrance and the living space feel much larger than they really are. In addition to the actual space savings, by using glass to support the treads in a floating tread arrangement and eliminating bulky stringers, light and sightlines can still traverse the whole house, increasing the perceived size of the space. It keeps the space unified visually, while providing welcome functional separation between the entrance area in front of it, and the living areas behind.”
The tread geometry had to be carefully considered to make these stairs not only beautiful, but comfortable and safe to use. The uniquely shaped oak treads were then prefabricated by BK&S in Jerseyville, more quickly and with greater precision than could be achieved on site. Similarly, the tempered glass walls were fabricated at Accura Glass. John’s team completed the installation in under three days using stainless steel hardware from Euro Architecture.
Taking advantage of prefab methods allowed this beautiful staircase to be fully customized to the space’s needs without taking a lot of time and space on site. New building and material technologies offer architects, builders, and homeowners unprecedented freedom in creating stairs that suit their exact needs.
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