Staircases can be much more than a route to other levels. They can also ‘wow’ as a design feature and add a strong architectural statement within the home. Creating something exceptional requires careful thought and extensive planning to ensure they fit into the home.
From a technical perspective, stairs are one of the most challenging aspects of architecture due to the volume of work and careful coordination they require. For their relative square footage, they tend to be quite complex. Building codes exasperate these challenges, imposing strict provisions that further complicate the process. An innovative stair design, especially when geometrically complex, requires an architect to play the role of armchair structural engineer. During construction, modern stair design requires several trades (framers, finish carpenters, steel fabricators, etc) to coordinate and communicate successfully together.