A staircase is amongst the most stand-out, unique parts of your home. Here at Abbott-Wade, we have been performing work on staircases, such as staircase renovations, since 1996. Thanks to the plethora of options we have available, no two staircases we design and install are the same. We have a vast amount of choices to pick from.
Which materials will you use? What type of balustrading would you like? Are you going to incorporate newel posts into the design? There are countless styles to choose from and one option which is becoming increasingly popular is the use of a feature step.
Perfect for rounding of the bottom step of your staircase, a feature step is ideal for setting your flight apart. These steps are different in design and shape from the rest of the staircase and can also utilise different colours and materials from other parts of the flight.
Why Use A Feature Step?
A feature step is designed to smooth off the bottom and to ease the changing of direction for the person using the staircase. It is less harsh than a traditional step as it uses a rounded design rather than being squared off at the edges, and the final newel post is moved back to the penultimate step to allow for more free movement as you exit the staircase.
In certain designs, the final two steps have the newel posts removed and push back though this is the maximum number of steps this can be done with due to feature staircase regulations.
Types of Feature Steps
When it comes to feature steps there are two main styles – the curtail step and the bullnose step. Each have their own unique features and they differ from one and other in design. Below see each style of feature staircase in more detail.
A curtail step wraps around the side of the newel post from the penultimate step. For staircases which are against a wall they can incorporate either a left hand curtail step or a right hand curtail step. However, for staircases which are open on both sides, a D end step can be created by allowing the step to curve around both sides of the balustrade.
A bullnose step incorporates a rounded corner which meets the front edges and side of the step. The main difference between the bullnose step and this curtail is that a bullnose meets the front of the staircase and balustrading while a curtail goes around the newel posts. If you wish, you can combine the two styles by having a curtail step as your bottom step and a bullnose step as the step above.
Our feature staircase designs allow you to choose a style that perfectly meets your ideas and requirements for your staircase refurbishment. The range of styles we provide here at Abbott-Wade are countless and you can take the first steps towards a new staircase by arranging a home consultation with one of our expert team of designers. During the consultation, they will show you samples of materials as well as showing you examples of previous feature steps we have installed at homes up and down the country. We then begin the work on your staircase once you are completely happy with the design.