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Hi, my name is Amber, and I have worked alongside of contractors for years. I ran the sales department of a contracting firm, I bought my own house and hired multiple contractors to help with projects, and I am an amateur researcher of all things related to contracting. If you are thinking about a home or commercial repair or refurbishment, this blog is for you. It has designs, inspiration and advice that I have picked up from my close relationships with contractors over the year. I hope these posts illuminate your next project and help you decide which direction to take your home or business.

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A General Contractor Can Add a Wow Factor to Your Staircase

by Dustin Cruz

Adding new handrails on a staircase or painting it with a new colour can transform the look and the feel of your home. Elements such as coloured lighting fixtures can also go a long way to making the stairs look cosy. For some people, making spaces around a staircase more functional is a great way to add aesthetics to the décor. 

When it comes to considering your options for a staircase, sometimes choosing a style goes a long way to make a big difference. And while you're at it, choose a contractor who can deliver the best service and make your home look great. 

1. L-shaped Staircases 

An L-shaped staircase is a straight staircase with a portion that bends 90 degrees after the central landing. It's an ideal option to consider if you need some privacy on the top floor. L-shaped staircases are even more visually attractive than straight stairs. Not to mention, they can block sound transmission between floors. 

L-shaped staircases are also safer than the straight models because they have fewer trends on which one could trip and fall. Moreover, they're not only an exceptional choice for cornered building but also save on space. 

2. U-shaped Staircases

Also known as the half-turn, U-shaped staircases have a 180-degree that separates the upper and lower floor. 

The bend starts at the landing. The staircase section that comes before the turn and the one that comes after is in parallel. A contractor can make the staircase bend to the right or left, depending on which side has available space. 

The U-shaped staircases are straightforward to fit into a house plan. They also add an excellent appeal to the house design. Like the L-shape models, the u-shape staircase is a perfect choice when working with irregularly shaped buildings, mainly because they're more flexible to fit. 

3. Spiral Stairs

These staircases are excellent in saving space because they can occupy a much lesser width than straight stairs. They are also preferred for installation on beachfront decks for the same reason. Their compact design makes them a top choice for city loft staircases. 

The design is easy to vary by changing the railing style. Make sure you choose a railing style that makes the staircase even more appealing in addition to its basic exciting spiral look. Your contractor will make all the treads radiate around a central pole. 

A general contractor can completely remodel your staircase by reshaping and redesigning it to look a lot more appealing. And given that they can fit any shapes and styles of staircases into residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, a contractor shouldn't find it challenging to install the type of staircase that you deem fit.