Fences, Dog Kennels, Puppy Houses and Other Projects: Contracting Blogs
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Fences, Dog Kennels, Puppy Houses and Other Projects: Contracting Blogs

Hello! My name is C.J., and as you may have guessed from the title of my blog, I am a huge dog lover. My dog has specialised things in my home like a built-in shelf for his food and water bowls and a dedicated grooming area with a bath. Outside, he has his own shady area, a dog house with a heated floor and a sturdy fence. I worked with contractors through all of those projects, and I hope to do even more. This blog is going to talk about contracting... I hope to start with some posts about the process involved in some of the things the contractor made for my pup but I also plan to include some posts with a more general contracting focus. Take a look and enjoy!

Fences, Dog Kennels, Puppy Houses and Other Projects: Contracting Blogs

3 Reasons to Install Open-Step Staircases

Irene Little

If you're looking for a different kind of staircase, then open-step options are worth a look. Unlike traditional stairs, which are completely boxed in, these products leave the space between treads open.

What are the benefits of choosing this kind of staircase?

1. Get an Open-Plan Look

If you've tried to build an airy, open-plan design in your home, then a traditional closed staircase can look a little out of place. These stairs might look boxy and clunky, interrupting the kind of clean and minimalist look you're aiming for.

If you use open steps, then the stairs are much less intrusive. Their open design means that they don't box in the space they take up. They allow light to pass through. This look may fit in much better.

2. Let in More Light

Traditional staircases can make parts of a room look dark. They take up space and add shade to a room.

This lack of light can affect even larger rooms and hallways. If you live in a smaller house or if your staircase isn't close to windows that let some natural light into the area, then this can be much more of a problem. The space around your staircase may look too dark.

You won't have this problem with open-step stairs. They don't have a vertical tread, so light can come through the staircase's gaps. This lightens up the stairs and prevents them from darkening a room too much.

3. Create More Usable Space

If you install traditional stairs, then you lose some room under the staircase. It may need extra support because of its extra weight; you might end up boxing in the area under the stairs.

While you can use this area for storage, you won't necessarily get as much space as you might like. Plus, the space you do get could feel dark and claustrophobic — the staircase will block out a lot of light.

You usually get more space to play with under open-step stairs. These staircases may need fewer supports, so you create more room underneath. This could be a useful storage or even home office area. The open nature of your stairs also ensures that you won't lose light in the area.

If you think that you want to make the switch to open-step stairs, contact staircase contractors. They can have a look at your space and help you choose the right solution.

To learn more, contact a staircase contractor.