The stairs that lead to your deck and into your home create a unique introduction to the area. A well-designed set of stairs will make a stunning first impression of the home and property before anyone even enters the house. You have numerous possibilities to explore, combine and create to build a stylized set of stairs. Look at home design websites and books to get ideas for your deck stairs, taking inspiration from everything before deciding on a design for your deck stairs.
Stone stairs are constructed of large slabs of flagstone, creating a natural feeling. Stone stairs are typically best suited for low-lying decks and raised patios. Flagstone can be difficult to build upwards without a supporting structure. Flagstone is available in many different colors to suit the scheme of any deck or patio area. Stone stairs should always be installed with the help of or by a professional to ensure maximum safety. An idea to further accentuate the flagstone stairs is to add flagstone elements, such as a table, to the deck area.
Lighted stairs create a stunning image in the dark of night, lighting the pathway leading up to the deck area. Aesthetically pleasing, lighted stairs also serve a purpose. For those who frequently come home after dark, lighted stairs can prevent serious accidents. Lights can be installed from the hand railing, shining down onto the stairs. Another option is to install lighting directly into the stairs. This is called recessed lighting. A hole is cut into the stair to fit a light, allowing it to be flush with the surface of the stair. This method can be used to light an entire deck to create a safe and pleasing night-dweller’s area.
A spiral staircase can add an interesting design to the deck area. Spiral staircases offer uncommon curved lines to the typical straight deck design, putting the focus on the staircase. Spiral staircases can be used for decks of any height. However, they are most common in higher decks that allow the staircase to spiral around itself several times. When building a spiral staircase, always provide a tall, sturdy handrail as the steep incline can be unsafe.
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