Investing in House Construction/Renovation!

It is only natural that when you are considering building a new dream home, large addition or major renovation to your existing home, that the first question you ask yourself is, “How much will this investment cost me?” In general, such a question is hard to answer in advance. It can, however, present a necessary condition for proceeding and taking the first step—hiring an architect /home designer.

Crucial Investment Cost Factors

What you certainly need is some general understanding of how investment costs will determine what you can build within a given budget. These costs depend on numerous variables. To clarify, we will mention a major ones.

Modern Wooden Home
Condition at Construction Site Can Vary

Sitework

The level of site preparation required and the ease of accessibility to the building site affect the final costs. For instance, if the project site is a sloped lot, on a cliff or has limited access, or if a stormwater management system is required—the project expenses will rise accordingly.

GroundWork and Project size

Before you can build a new home, the site has to be cleared, graded, and have the proper utilities installed. Removing any trees that might be on the way won’t come cheap either.

Furthermore, if the house you are building or renovating requires major groundwork, the excavation, stormwater management, concrete work, and waterproofing are costly.

This is where the size doesn’t matter. When you are building a small house, the cost spreads out throughout the square footage. I built a very large luxury house without basement and the cost of construction was just over $180/ sq.ft. where as renovation might cost over $300/ sq.ft.

Natural Stone Affects the Investment Costs Both Ways
Natural Stone Affects Investment Costs but Increases Overall Value

The quality of Finishing

The kitchen and bathrooms are among the most important areas of the house that people spend their money on. The floor finishings, exterior facade, and mechanical system have another major impact on the cost/ value of the house as well.

Including an attic or a basement in your project is a good idea, as sooner or later everyone needs some extra storage space. If you want them fully finished like the rest of the living space, get ready to invest more.

Also, stone or solid-surface countertops always cost more than laminate. There are range of different quality kitchen cabinets to choose from. These decision making can be done at the design stage with the help of your interior designer. Remember, getting advice from the builder/ contractor in advance won’t help you. They know what and how to build. Your design team is the one can give you suggestions to choose the right material to fit your budget and investment.

While high-quality materials raise the initial price, it’s good to remember that their value remains quite stable and durable over the years. In other words, if you find yourself selling your property, the universal quality will help make the transaction more fluid. 

Modern Kitchen Designer
Modern Kitchen Appliances

Appliances

Appliances are a major investment within any project that includes a kitchen. Some homeowners spend as much as $20,000 on one premium appliance, while others pay less on their entire apparatus package.

Features and Amenities

It’s evident that a 3-car heated garage with a lift will costs a lot more than an unheated, simple 2-car garage. Pool and jacuzzi adds value and cost to the project. Home automation systems also require far more than manual light switches.

Design Complexity

If you want the design of your new home to include customized or crafted elements, like the extended size of doors and windows, and double-height volumes, expect significantly increased construction cost. The modern design features simplified forms and fewer decorative motives. But a complicated roofline, with multiple trusses combined together, will certainly increase the price.

Flat roof or shed roof might add slightly to the cost of the construction, but the value of beauty can bear more worth than the cost.

Seashelt House Extreior
Seashelt House Exterior

Contractor Availability

Before you start with the project, it’s good to have some insight into the local contractor scene. Do regional contractors and sub-contractors have a backlog? When it comes to estimating investment cost and risk, a subcontractor’s backlog can provide valuable insights, as one of the critical indicators of a successful workflow. Otherwise, you can be left guessing if a contractor struggles to meet schedule commitments, or is at a higher risk to default.

Investment Cost Guidelines

While explaining the impact of all potential costs, we often use the analogy of purchasing a new car. There are $25,000 cars on the market, as well as $125,000 cars. What they have in common, above all, is four wheels, the number of passengers, more or less the same trunk space. Also, both will get you to your destination in about the same amount of time. The difference is in the design, beauty, power, strength, and all the fine extra features such as metallic paint, rear-view cameras, heated seats, and so on. 

A highly practical person will look into the features first, and expect a home that satisfies the function, above all. But you are a type who finds a purpose in aesthetics, and your priorities are focused on benefits, then you’ll probably be drawn to premium options when you build or renovate a home.

Each project presents a unique set of problems and solutions. For that reason, it’s very challenging to develop an accurate construction cost estimation before an architect has prepared design studies. However, you can get a sense of construction costs based upon the portfolio and data from our completed residential projects. 

Therefore, as a starting point, we have created a basic budgeting chart regarding the project size. There are three proposed tiers of finishes and features to serve as guidelines. Moreover, these figures describe the standard construction budget ranges for custom residential projects in urban/suburban areas of large Canadian cities.

House QualityCost Per SF
STANDARD $250
PREMIUM$380
DELUXE $500 and up
Initial Investment Cost per SF
PROJECT SIZESTANDARD TIERPREMIUM TIERDELUXE TIER
1,500 SF$375,000$570,000$750,000+
3,000 SF$750,000$1,140,000$1,500,000+
5,000 SF$1,250,000$1,900,000$2,500,000+
7,500 SF$1,875,000$2,850,000$3,750,000+
Initial Investment Cost Guidelines

STANDARD INVESTMENT COST TIER INCLUDES:

  • MDF painted interior doors
  • Double-glazed vinyl-clad wood architectural windows and doors
  • 2 ¼” wide stained hardwood flooring in living areas; also ceramic or porcelain tile flooring in mudroom and bathrooms
  • Stock painted kitchen and bath cabinets
  • Granite or solid surface countertops
  • Stucco, wood or cement board siding exterior finish
  • 30-year architectural asphalt shingle roof, together with aluminum K gutters, and downspouts
  • Master bathroom with double vanity, toilet, and shower
  • Conventional heating and cooling system

PREMIUM INVESTMENT COST INCLUDES:

  • Solid core painted wood interior doors
  • Double-glazed metal-clad or wood architectural windows and doors
  • 4” wide stained hardwood flooring in living areas; ceramic or porcelain tile flooring in mudroom and bathrooms
  • Semi-stock painted kitchen and bath cabinets
  • Granite or solid surface countertops
  • Stucco, wood or cement-board exterior siding together with rainscreen installation
  • 40-year architectural asphalt shingle roof with standing seam metal
  • accents; aluminum half-round gutters and downspouts
  • Master bathroom with double vanity, separate tub and shower enclosures, electric mat heated tile floor
  • Conventional heating and cooling system with air filtration and humidity control
  • Stone patio for outdoor seating/dining

DELUXE INVESTMENT COST INCLUDES:

  • Solid core stain-grade wood interior doors together with glass lights
  • Wood-clad cathedral ceiling with exposed wood trusses in the family room
  • A mix of stone and wide-plank wood flooring in living areas; also luxury ceramic or porcelain tile flooring in mudroom and bathrooms
  • Double-glazed metal-clad or wood architectural windows and doors; also large expanses of glass
  • Custom stained or painted cabinets with integrated appliances
  • Built-in outdoor kitchen with grill
  • Custom master closet fit-out
  • Stone, marble or solid surface countertops
  • Stucco, wood or cement-board exterior siding together with a rainscreen installation
  • Brick or stone exterior
  • Cedar shingle or slate roofing; copper gutters and downspouts
  • Master bathroom with individual vanities, separate tub, and glass-lined shower enclosure, together with luxury tile, radiant heated tile or stone floor
  • Luxury plumbing fixtures and faucets; thermostatic controls
  • Heating and cooling system with air filtration, also humidity control
  • Geothermal wells for energy-efficient heating and cooling system with energy recovery ventilators
  • Emergency generator
  • Stone patio for outdoor seating/dining with firepit
  • Home automation system linked to the smartphone
  • An outdoor recreational facility such as a pool or sport court
24th Ave. Surrey BC House
24th Ave. Surrey BC

How We Help With Your Initial Investment Cost Estimations

Hopefully, this guide sheds dome light on an initial forecast of your prospective construction budget. As soon as we’re hired, we will closely collaborate with you. Above all, we’ll explore the relationship possibilities between the project scope and the available budget and research all possible solutions. We also collaborate in monitoring the budget, all the way throughout the design and documentation process. 

By creating an in-house estimation and design/construction schedule during the initial phase of a project, we also establish control before spending too much time on the design. Once you approve the design studies, we engage a specialist to perform a more extensive preliminary estimate to align with the initial budget assumptions.

On larger projects, we often keep a consecutive design development estimate, revisiting subsequently as the work progresses. Major thresholds include wall and roof assemblies and the structural, mechanical, and electrical systems. These estimates at various milestones will provide you with the construction budget information you need, helping to make better, more confident decisions.

That’s Not All

This information is intended to be used as an initial guide. Its purpose is to provide you general pieces of information, but you should never forget that every property and every client are unique. Each feature has its own value, so the way it affects the construction budget changes accordingly.

In other words, don’t fall into a trap to assume that these initial square foot figures represent your entire investment price. In fact, these are often topped with architectural and engineering fees and landscape costs. Along comes interior designer, followed by various soft costs.

Modern House Project
Modern House

For More Information on Investment Cost

We offer our clients surveilance and control over their project scope and budget. Keeping the proper balance throughout the entire project duration brings happier, more gratified clients. So, are you about to embark on a new dream home, substantial addition, or renovation enterprise? Then start by booking a consultation with us for helpful and informative advice.

We will meet with you, hear what you have to say, discuss your options, and provide a report to get you started on the right track. Our range of service covers everything from building permit drawings, to construction consultation and project management.

Soon you will discover that correct information and proper knowledge bear the highest long-term value.

An Ideal Client: Who is That?

What Defines My Ideal Client?

Dream House with pool on the roof
Dream House with pool on the roof

My ideal client is someone who’s looking to build a dream home that truly stands out. In other words, someone who is ambitious and wants to grow in every aspect, and celebrate the accomplishments. There is nothing wrong with being successful, so why hiding it? My clients love to show their well-deserved status by presenting the ultimate dream home as a reminder about the amazing journey to this success.

Vancouver Villa for One of My Ideal Clients
Vancouver Villa

My ideal client understands the value of the biggest and most important personal investment in life. Being goal-oriented means thriving on inspiration and motivation, growing toward a bigger achievement, above all. Together, we take a journey through all the benefits of well-designed living space, to incarnate a perfectly tailored home that fits.

An Ideal Client Wants a Tailored Home
The South Surrey house with a stunning ocean view.

Being an architect means looking for a challenge, a chance to express and create something new. Therefore, my ideal client is an outside-the-box thinker who dares to provoke and wants something unique. This client is open to new ideas and communicative, trusts the architect, and allows him the creative freedom to examine and find a deep desire. Together, we don’t just make a building. We embody a personality instead.

An Ideal Client Knows What He Wants
You Know You Deserve a Stunning Living Space

A home is a root for the future. My ideal clients are families with a vision and understanding of growth and limitless life, dreaming of wonderful prospects. They are inquisitive, engaging, and eager to gain happiness through a beautiful home above all. Together, we create a safe nest, an ultimate base for a productive life.

In conclusion

My ideal client knows what he wants and is not afraid to let me show what he doesn’t.

The cost of your dream home depends on how creative you can be. Live the life, my friend, and let’s enjoy every minute of it. I charge like anyone else, but I make it worth every penny of it. Start your project here.

Aryo Falakrou (Arch Tech AIBC)
President
Myhomedesigner.com Ltd.

A LANEWAY HOME: Why You Want One

What is a Laneway Home?

Laneway home is a detached, compact, ground-oriented dwelling which you build in a backyard, subsided to the main house.

Like their name says, these kinds of residences site on properties that have access to a lane (in some municipalities might not have access to a laneway). They can be used for family, or as rental units, but cannot be sold separately or used for short-term rentals.

Laneway housing is not a modern idea; in fact, if you take a closer look at Vancouver’s historic neighborhoods, you will discover it actually dates back as far as the 1890s. Early lane homes were temporary residences for the house owner during the construction of the main dwelling. They also served as secondary housing for staff.       

Nowadays, these accessory buildings keep popping up all over Greater Vancouver, usually in place of garages or carports. Regulations require the laneway home to be situated in the back part of a traditional lot, in the space typically reserved for a garage. The small homes stand at the rear area, close to the lane, which includes a dwelling unit and a parking accessory.

An average laneway house in Vancouver measures around 640 square feet or more. It usually features one and a half stories with one or two bedrooms. 

Maximum sizing for a laneway home is approximately 900 sq ft (1000 sq.ft. in some municipalities); however, that depends on your lot’s size. The general calculation for sizing is that a laneway house can’t exceed 16% of your total lot size, excluding an additional 40 sq ft allowed for storage.

Laneway-type house
Small and Sustainable

Why a Laneway Home?

Besides old purposes, like having a spare house for staff, guests, or extended family, new times brought new demands. Among the most common reasons for building a laneway house is the benefit of an additional (rental) income. The pricing of a laneway house averages around $300,000. It is an investment without competition when it comes to value.

Laneway homes typically bring a substantial ROI in rent, as they present a desirable housing option. For instance, these dwellings don’t have shared walls like apartments, and often come with a parking spot, private entry, and patio. In terms of value, having a laneway house can also significantly increase your lot’s resale rate.

Apart from financial benefits, having a laneway home is a solution for everyone who would like to keep aging parents close, but not in the same dwelling. It’s useful for children growing and needing some more private areas, or are all grown-up and need to have their own place, but are just starting a career and can’t easily afford an apartment in Vancouver.

Finally, laneway houses are an excellent opportunity for downsizing. Once your children have moved out, you may discover you don’t need such an abundant space. Transferring to the accessory residence and renting the main house is a smart solution that cuts down the bills. At the same time, that move will secure you a substantial supplemental income.

This growing trend is providing more choice of housing in single-family residential neighborhoods for Vancouver residents. It’s a way to contribute to the city and support affordable sustainability by providing more opportunities for people to settle close to jobs, services, and transit, above all. Laneway housing also makes lanes greener, safer, and more livable. 

Accessory Residence
Backyard Home

Does My Lot Qualify?

In general, if you live in Vancouver and have a single-family house with a back lane, you are probably eligible. Along with some secondary requirements, one of the main conditions for building a laneway house is that they need at least 16′ distance from the existing object to the laneway. An experienced designer will be able to find a solution and make it work,
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For official confirmation that your property qualifies for a laneway house, you can look to the New Westminster Official Community Plan and Map online. There you will find permissions for Laneway and Carriage Houses in New Westminster in the Single Detached Residential Small Lot (RS-5) and the Neighbourhood Residential Small Lot (NR-5) Zoning Districts, if the property is designated Residential – Detached or Semi-Detached Housing (RD) or Residential – Ground Oriented Infill Housing (RGO).

In order to make a laneway house, your building site must have access to an open lane. The lot must have access by an open or dedicated lane, or on a place served by a street on the front and rear lane. (Each municipality have different regulations, give us a call for confirmation at 604-929-6696)

Additionally, a fire access path must be provided from the road, along the side yard to the accessory building entrance. A minimum separation of 16ft is obligatory between the main house and accessory residence. Separation requirements may be a problem to meet on lots with more extended primary dwellings, attached garages, or rear decks.

Open-Plan Accessory Residence
Practical, Appealing and Valuable

The Average Cost of a Laneway House

You can build a laneway home for approximately $250K (excluding connection fee and GST). The mortgage payment on $250k should cost you bellow $1400 a month for a 25-year term, and you can rent a laneway home for around $1,600 to $2,000. In other words, this additional income means an almost instant return of initial investment. (these numbers might vary in a different area)

In case you decide to use the laneway home for yourself and rent the main house, you can expect over $3,000 in monthly revenue.

Vancouver Laneway Home
A one storey Vancouver Laneway Home

Design Package for a Laneway House

A correctly put design package will help you speed up the process and successfully land a laneway house application. In order to apply for Laneway home building permit you need:

  • Survey drawing (average $1600- to $2,500)
  • Architectural drawing (average $9,500 to $14,000)
  • Structural drawing (average $1,900 to $2,900)
  • Energy Adviser Report (average $1,300 to $2,000)
  • Builder’s license and insurance
  • There are times we need arborist report and/or Landscape architect which might cost $1,200 to $3,500

When you are looking for a design package, compare the field prices, and check what each company has included in their services offer. Many companies will quote low initially, and then later keep adding on fees, exceeding the original quote by far. What you want is a company that includes all services in their estimates transparently. 

Elgin Street Smal Laneway Home
Elgin Street Laneway House

How Long Does it Take to Build?

After our initial discussions and agreement, it will take approximately 45 days to have the documents ready. It usually takes up to six months for the city to issue the permit. Construction time depends on the time of the year and the construction company.

Altogether it takes minimum of one year for the full process.

Connecting Everything Together

If you plan to build a new house or a laneway home, know that it requires a connection to sewer, water, electricity, and possibly gas. There are many things you should be aware of right from the start.

Learn the costs of connection fees and permits and calculate them in your budget. Have city services, like BC Hydro and Fortis, check your site and alert to any possible issues that may affect your laneway house’s design or siting. For example, if there’s an older home on the lot, you might have to update some parts of the infrastructures. It’s important to know that in advance.

Later, in the design phase, you will be required to work with BC Hydro to complete an electrical and physical feasibility study. To proceed with construction, you must obtain an electrical permit from the city.

BC Hydro costs will depend on a number of factors, including height, design, and allocation of the future laneway house or location on the property. In most cases, to provide electrical service to a laneway house, BC Hydro will need to add some new equipment or upgrade the existing electrical system.  

Keep in mind that you could be prevented from building a laneway house if you don’t meet BC Hydro’s standard connection guidelines.

Patio Rules and Limitations

A laneway house should have a connection to a private patio in the backyard. Alternatively, you can add a private outdoor space on an upper-level deck facing the lane. All existing trees have to be retained wherever possible. Relaxations for location, massing, and parking standards exist in order to preserve significant trees. According to the Protection of Trees Bylaw, replacement trees are also an acceptable option.

Landscaping is highly encouraged along the edge of the lane, aiming to make the area greener. That applies to green roofs, green walls, and drought-tolerant plantings and deciduous trees, too. A permeable surface must exist for parking areas. Pedestrian-friendly lighting, in forms of porch lights or bollard lights, makes the lane a safe and welcoming public space.

Lanewayhouse
Vancouver Laneway house

Thinking of Building a Laneway Home?

Laneway houses are now approved for building in New Westminster on single-detached dwelling properties, City of North Vancouver and District of North Vancouver. These new housing forms will contribute to the diversity of rental housing offer in the city and will benefit homeowners in many ways.

Owning a laneway home in New Westminster can be a great source of additional rental income. It makes an excellent investment with a higher return than many traditional investments, and great additional features when you go to sell your property. Last but not least, it provides an ideal solution as a home for older children or aging parents.

A Beautiful Stairs Design Holds Things Together

The concept of architectural and interior design revolves around functional space utilization, practicality as much as aesthetics. It’s a journey through dimensions, a creative process that depends on inspiration as much as on applying a set of rules, principles, and elements correctly. Stairs design plays a significant role in that concept.

These essential architectural elements are space, line, and form. The key to success lies in finding a proper balance.

Space is the foundation of an interior; it’s the area waiting to be filled up — a length, width, and height. The space is not easy to change, and it presents a framework for the art of design.

Floating Wooden Staircase
Floating Wooden Staircase

To shape the room means to connect the lines, creating harmony, unity, and contrast. Horizontal surfaces are often associated with function, and they affect the optical perception of room dimensions. Vertical lines, walls, dividers, doors, windows serve to open or block a view and alter the sense of privacy. And then there are dynamic lines, like the stairs design, that can be diagonal, zigzag, or curved. They connect all three dimensions and bring a sense of energy.

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Creative stair design

A form is a shape of space; a set of dimensions materialized into a functional area. Interaction of arranged forms is the first key to the house interior design. The distinction between harmony and chaos here often lies in the formation of space. Think of staircases like the strings that provide multidimensional interaction while holding the whole space together.

Staircase Design: The Basics

The horizontal surface of a stair is called the tread while the vertical front is the riser. Other elements of a traditional staircase are the steps are the inclined supporter beams and newel posts that also support the handrail, forming a balustrade.

Staircases are traditionally built of wood, and stone, later added iron and then concrete and steel. Technology development made it possible to turn almost any creative idea into reality. LED lightened curves and sci-fi sweeps became essential features of modern design. 

Lightened Stairs
LED U-Stair Design

It is hard to say who was the first to come up with the idea of stairs. The traces of ancient forms of stair design can be followed through history back to the first human structures. Our ancestors used flat rocks stacked for easier climbing or reaching entrances, while the first magnificent staircases took shape in the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Old Stairs
Labyrinth Stairs

The evolution of stair design ideas marks the changing times in history, philosophy, and development of human needs. Tracking those throughout history tells us a lot about culture and civilization. For example, although spiral stair design may feel somewhat new, those became common in very early medieval times. The first spiral staircases served for climbing up the round-shaped towers or church steeples.

Stone Staircase Design in a Palace
Palace Staircase

Then came the palaces and stair designs became more grandiose and ornate, turning to a central feature for impressing visitors in affluent places. Everything has evolved, from politics to human beings, fashion to technology; however, the stairs’ role remained the same. Modern designers use innovation to incorporate new forms to the grand old styles, but it’s still the matter of creating functional masterpieces. People still splurge millions to get the most impressive staircases in their houses.

Mosaic Curved Stairs Design
Stunning Mosaic Stairs

Common Types of Stairs Design

Ladder Stairs

The tiniest sliver of square footage is great for tight spaces and small residences, although often not permitted as the main staircase. Tiny vertical stairs come in various styles, from a literal ladder form to more stylized versions. They typically have taller steps and can be particularly challenging to climb, and even worse to go down.

Straight Stairs Design

The simple straight staircase is a single linear flight with no change in direction. It presents the most common and affordable style whose aesthetics lie in its simplicity. The straight-line stair design eliminates the need for any specialized support and requires only attaching at the top and the bottom. Railings and handrails are easy to install. 

Straight Stairs in a House
Simple Straight Staircase

Modern variations of the straight staircase design include open risers, innovative materials, and metal cable railings that significantly alter the fundamental look.

Although simple, straight stairs are not always the most practical solution, as they can take up a large amount of linear space. Additionally, in tall rooms with high ceilings or any area which requires a straight staircase higher than 12 feet, a central landing is necessary. Due to the increased amount of space this design demands, designers often turn to another style. This type of staircase is featured more in commercial buildings than private homes.

Dining room
North Vancouver stairs design

Floating Staircase

A floating staircase is a modern version of straight ones. It usually features no risers, while threads are attached to the wall with the support invisible/minimally visible. The material used for threads can be wood, metal, glass, or stone. This style sometimes involves glass or plexiglass risers for achieving a floating appearance.

Floating Stairs
Floating Stairs With a Console Support

Modern floating stair designs also come with creative LED lighting, hidden or built-in inside threads. This look often foregoes handrails, with glass used in place of a traditional railing to provide safety without sacrificing the open vibe. 

Modern Threads Design
Modern Industrial Stairs

This is a zigzagged, more dynamical version of the classic straight style. The stairs make a 90-degree turn, going left or right after a landing. This kind of stairs is appealing for various reasons, primarily because they are more practical than straight ones. They take up less space, usually in the corner of a room. Also, this stair design is more comfortable to navigate because of the landing that breaks up the flight of stairs. 

On the other side, they are more complex to build, more expensive, and usually require support for the landing and the turn.

Orange LED Stairscase
LED Light in Staircase

U-shaped staircases are similar to L-shape, generally consisting of two flights going opposite directions with a landing in between. These also take up less linear floor space and can be handy for a corner design, but are often more visually attractive. The main drawback of this staircase design is the turn that can be inconvenient for transporting more substantial items.

Winder Staircase Design

White Winder
Winder Threads

Here comes something slightly more complicated. A set of winders is composed of treads that are wider on one side than the other. This stair design utilizes them to save space and remove the need for landing. The stairs are continuous, forming a wedge shape as they make the turn. You can typically find those in older residences, often serving as the second set of stairs in the home. Although less common in contemporary homes, this staircase design is reviving in popularity with the trends that favour smaller and more sustainable homes. (this type of stairs do not meet current codes, as a result, we won’t be able to design such stairs in your space anymore)

Spiral Stairs Design

A compact design centered around a central pole, when looked from above, forms a perfect circle. Radiately attached narrow wedge-shaped treads aren’t the easiest to traverse, but the appeal is worth the effort. Ideal for tighter spaces, spiral staircases in the free-standing form is still considered more of a novelty style. Because of their contact nature, they are fairly common in the beach houses and compact city dwellings. 

Many municipal building codes require that a spiral staircase be only a secondary route of egress from the higher floor. It’s true that their form is one of the main drawbacks as much as it’s an asset. Only one person at a time can use this kind of stairs, and with caution, because the inner portion of each thread is narrow. 

Spiral Form
Spiral Helix Stairs

Also known as the helix stairs, circular form is more reminiscent of a traditional staircase than a spiral one. This is the kind you might find in a medieval castle. The curve is graceful, more relaxed than a spiral staircase, and the steps are easier to travel. This is one of the styles that create an appealing architectural focal point, but also require more open space and are more expensive to build.

Curved Stairs Design

This is another style featuring no landings. This staircase is continuous, and the way it follows a bend of the banister makes a striking architectural statement. It’s most commonly used in or near an entryway, where it can easily catch the eye. The lack of full circle makes it easier to traverse, and the curve is usually gentle, making an elegant choice for any style of home. This type of staircase is considered one of the most difficult to construct and, consequently, one of the most expensive.

Curved Stairs
Curved Form

Bifurcated or Split-Staircase Design 

Enter the grand duchess of all staircases. This is the obligatory statement of the entryway of almost every grand and spacious home. The bifurcated staircase starts with a broader flight at the bottom, splitting through a generous landing to make two narrower flights. The flights continue, turning left and right, respectively. This style is an iconic design statement, usually dressed to impress down to the tiniest detail.

Split Stairs Design
Gorgeous Bifurcated Stairs

The staircase design point is not only to provide vertical circulation but also to enhance the overall concept and style of a house. It is usually one of the first features you will see, so they are a significant factor in making a first impression. While we have elevators, escalators, and who knows what more the future will bring—can you imagine the world without stairs? 

Neither can we.