Amid the boom of mid-century modern architecture, a prevailing theme is a nearly equal emphasis on form and function, as noted by House Beautiful. As such, the style blends both the practical and aesthetic, and this is especially true when speaking of open riser stairs. Though the spacing between treads is short, these stairs are long on contemporary, sleek style, making them a popular concept all around.
With great visibility and vertical spaces between neighboring treads, open risers welcome more light into a space, complimenting the features of many of today’s open floor plans. From office buildings to homes and commercial spaces, open-risers allow for a sort of panoramic view, making rooms appear larger by casting out shadows and allowing light to stream through uninterrupted. Contrary to traditional staircases in which the area beneath is dark and seemingly useless, individuals are more likely to utilize the space beneath an open riser staircase for storage, additional seating or even a decorative display.
Furthermore, the versatility of open risers means that they are not limited to a cookie-cutter design. Rather, they can be constructed for multiple configurations, and are straight, curved or spiral. In the same way, a variety of materials are used including steel, granite and wood.
Consider the unique blend of wood treads paired with hand-weld wrought iron handrails on an open riser staircase. While the wrought iron railing is a distinguishing element of this design, the open concept of the stairs brings an airy, weightless component to dark, rich wood and heavy iron. In turn, imagine a glass and stainless steel handrail system with wooden stringers and wood treads. This incredibly durable system maximizes light, is ultra-modern and lends a sense of sophistication to any space. On the other hand, for those seeking an eye-catching design, a floating glass staircase with levitating treads is a stunning fixture that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.
In either format, however, customized handrail systems accompany open riser stairs to develop a one-of-a-kind design that captures the unique style of clients. This extensive capability belongs to the talented experts at Southern Staircase | Artistic Stairs, with over 30 years of industry experience and knowledge in building top quality stairs. Having received numerous accolades such as the Consumers Choice and Builders Choice Awards, our company is a trusted partner to commercial and residential clients from coast to coast.
Whether you have a specific style in mind, or you’re in need of a little design inspiration, the team of talented craftsman at Southern Staircase | Artistic Stairs welcomes the opportunity to work with you. To discuss your staircase construction project, call today!
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