Light and space: Open rise staircases

Jul 19, 2019

An open rise staircase takes your contemporary design to the next level, transforming your stair from functional to wow.

Open rise stairs are often referred to as floating stairs. This is because the the steps appear to float between the supporting stringers.

Essentially, the term ‘open rise’ means the vertical component of each step, known as the riser, is left open. This lets natural light flow through the stairs.

It also opens up the room and maximises the sense of space. Risers may be left completely open, or false nosing may be included on the tread. Nosing is a popular feature that adds architectural interest.

Therefore, contemporary home design lends itself beautifully to the features of an open rise timber stair, as homeowners seek to harness natural light.

Open rise stairs are a real floor plan game changer, because they make your home feel larger and brighter.

In addition, the light filtered underneath your staircase by an open rise stair also improves its flexibility as an active space. If you wish to include a reading corner or study nook, the area below an open rise stair is the perfect spot!

A wide range of timbers suit an open rise stair. The sky is the limit! For instance, Australian natives like perennial favourites, Victorian Ash and Tasmanian Oak, always look great.

However, exotic hardwoods including American Black Walnut and European Oak will offer a more unique finish. Pine and MDF are budget-friendly paint-grade options worth exploring too.

The thickness of the treads (for example, 32mm treads versus 64mm treads), along with the timber selected, will inform the overall aesthetic appeal of the staircase.

These elements are wonderfully enhanced by a showstopping balustrade and handrail. Glass balustrades and floor to ceiling timber slat balusters are popular choices.

Contact us today on 03 9720 7760 to discuss your options. We are here to ensure your open rise staircase dazzles for many years to come.

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