January 28, 2016 2 min read
Great design features don’t need to be saved for your interior stairways. Elevation differences, whether designed or necessary, are a great opportunity for custom staircases that set the stage for your home. Draw your visitors’ interest up your walkway and into your home with a well-designed staircase beginning at your front door.
Welcome guests with a natural extension of your home - beautifully designed front steps. On the way up to your front door, visitors will notice the inviting entrance and great curb appeal.
You may have even more opportunities to impress with your exterior steps if you have a porch, exterior deck, or other outside living areas. Multiple storied homes may need more than just steps leading to your front door.
If you already have exterior stair structures in place, it may be as simple as a small renovation project to update the stairs themselves or adding shrubbery to liven curb appeal. If a new stair system needs to be added, you will need to either match the current structure by integrating new parts in the same material, or replace the entire structure. While updating your exterior stair systems the goal is to create a seamless design that perfectly embodies your vision. Haphazardly replacing or adding parts, without proper attention to detail, can leave you with an eyesore rather than a beautiful, purposefully designed, extension of your home.
Knowledge of the proper materials for exterior stair structures is critical for the longevity and safety of your staircase. It is important to choose materials that are weather and insect resistant. Wood can be treated with the appropriate exterior paints and stains.
Safety also needs to be a consideration when planning your exterior staircase. Building codes will provide proper guidelines for building safe and secure stairs. Design choices can also be made to add safety, such as textured treads.
It is recommended, that if you aren’t familiar with stair building materials and design, to seek advice from a professional who can guide you in materials, design, and proper installation.
Photo -"Long Steps" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Ivy Dawned
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