Intricate Ideas to Spice up the Stairs

Detail, Interior Design

Contemporary Lakeside Home, 2014 Gold Winner, Photography by Ben Benschneider Photography

Taking the stairs may be hard work, but stair design doesn’t have to be. Best in American Living Award winners have successfully showcased intricate and elegant stair details over the years. Take a look at some award-winning stairs below, and draw inspiration for your own.

1. Memorial Moroccon – Gold tiles interspersed among neutrals add detail to this royal design. With every inch thoughtfully addressed and designed, a detailed handrail balances a smooth-as-ice underside.

Memorial Moroccan, 2015 Platinum Winner
Memorial Moroccan, 2015 Platinum Winner, Photography by Piston Design

2. Liseter Clubhouse – Pay close attention to how the vertical balusters meet the landing in this community facility helical stair.

Liseter Clubhouse, 2015 Platinum Winner, Photography by Taylor Photo
Liseter Clubhouse, 2015 Platinum Winner, Photography by Taylor Photo

3. Pine Creek Place – It’s hard to say if it’s the materials, colors or design that makes us swoon over this stair at first glance. What makes this staircase shine is it’s innovative use of an otherwise wasted material. Weathered oak slats, used to acclimate the interior pine wall siding, became the cladding for the accent wall of this stair.

Pine Creek Place, 2015 Platinum Winner, Photography by Blake Mistich
Pine Creek Place, 2015 Platinum Winner, Photography by Blake Mistich

4. Adelinde – Glass rails give this stair a deceptively light vibe, while dark-stained wood treads and metal fixtures ensure that this stair is a modern work of art.

Adelinde, 2014 Silver Winner, Photography by Harvey Smith Photography
Adelinde, 2014 Silver Winner, Photography by Harvey Smith Photography

5. A Hilltop Stunner – Treads appear to be barely fixed to the wall in this stair, and beams of light streaming through elevate the entire design.

Hilltop Stunner, 2014 Gold Winner, Photography by Topher Ayrhart Photography
Hilltop Stunner, 2014 Gold Winner, Photography by Topher Ayrhart Photography

6. Contemporary Lakeside – A cleverly design tread makes this staircase appear robust and sturdy. Look closely at the reverse stairs, and you’ll notice a pseudo-riser that isn’t connected to the stair below but instead gives the treads the appearance of depth.

Contemporary Lakeside Home, 2014 Gold Winner, Photography by Ben Benschneider Photography
Contemporary Lakeside Home, 2014 Gold Winner, Photography by Ben Benschneider Photography

Next time you’re in one of these homes, take the stairs. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Alexandra Isham is the Design Program Manager at NAHB.

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