Published at Tuesday, November 14th 2017. by Hope Santana in Model Staircase.
If you have ever walked into a home with a handmade hardwood staircase you know the impact one can have. Whether it is a spiral staircase in the middle of the entranceway or a typical staircase along a wall, nothing says craftsmanship like hardwood.
Even the higher end homes began to be made with these carpeted staircases and the need for the craftsmen became less and less. Cost began to win out over craftsmanship, and the savings was passed on to the homeowner.
Spiral staircases are interesting, but unlike regular staircases, theyre not easy to decorate. Most spiral staircases, especially if theyre in a location thats easily seen, attract enough attention and decorating around them would just make the space seem cumbersome. Although what if the spiral staircase is there because you are trying to save space and you would still want to decorate, or at the very least place some of your stuff around the staircase. What do you do?
As machinery began to make it easier and cheaper to produce standard lumber, and carpeting became more common, more and more homes began to be made with carpeted staircases, making the decorative hardwood staircase almost obsolete.
However as home restoration and redesign has picked up as a hobby and a way to make a living, there has been a return to the love of hardwood flooring and staircases. Many a home designer has pulled back old worn out carpet to find beautiful wood floors. These discoveries have begun a trend to have the decorative hardwood staircases restored instead of again being covered with carpet.
The other benefit that will almost always outweigh the cost is the durability of the wooden staircases. These staircases will last as long as the home, usually with limited maintenance. As with most things the quality and durability will usually make the extra cost nominal.