For a refined & powerful presence
Cut staircases often have a stringer that has been laid in a zig zag pattern with the treads exposed at either end (they usually overhang the stringer). The balustrade sits on top of the treads rather than the stringer, which results in a more open stairwell.
The layout of cut stairs actually means that the balustrade becomes more of a standout feature. This is the perfect opportunity to choose a more decorative balustrading that the eye will really be drawn to, such as an intricate wrought iron pattern.
The nosing also becomes a hero of the design; as the treads generally overhang the stringer, your chosen edge (pencil round, square or no overhang) will be quite defined and visible.
- Suits any style, from contemporary to traditional
- Breaks up the staircase's length with landing(s)
- Treads can be open, closed or a mixture of both
- Perfect for smaller or cramped spaces
- Treads can be carpeted, polished or a mixture of both
More Types of Stairs
Homeowners opt for open stairs in Canada for two main reasons the first is because they can help the space to feel much larger than it actually is, and the second is that you can see through them to the space beyond (great for getting natural light into the stairwell).
Closed stairs in Canada are viewed as being the height of strength and safety. Closed staircases have the added appeal of providing functional space underneath for storage or bookshelves. Closed stairs designs are also very aesthetically pleasing, particularly in larger homes with plenty of wide open space.
When your staircase adjoins a wall, making the transition as smooth as possible tends to be the goal of most homeowners. This is where concealed stairs come in, the stringer is hidden underneath the treads and risers, allowing them to butt right up to the plaster.