Although often overlooked, the staircase can also add significant value to a home. PHPD takes a look at the options from timber stairpart specialist, Richard Burbidge.
While the design options for kitchens and bathrooms will always be at the forefront of any developer’s mind – consideration on the style of the staircase can also pay dividends. Instead of opting for standard stairparts that could be found in any property, by making a conscious effort to select the most appropriate style for the property developers can create an instant ‘hall appeal’ and ensure buyers retain a lasting impression of their property.
“Making a grand entrance with a striking staircase can really improve a property’s saleability.”
Increasing the perceived value of a property by upgrading stairparts is much more cost-effective than you might think, and the results ensure an instant ‘wow factor’ when it comes to selling. Richard Burbidge offers a wide variety of timber staircases to choose from, so you can select the ones that are right for the style of the property. It simple: first consider the defining characteristics and then select the most appropriate balustrade for the build. Here are some examples to get you going.
FUSION stairparts range features glass panels combined with timber handrails and newels in white oak, beech or pine, with metal connectors in a chrome or brushed nickel finish. The glass panels reflect light and make rooms appear brighter and more spacious. This is ideal in smaller properties to maximise space and light. Large, bulky designs can overshadow the architecture of the home; so simple, slim-line spindles offer a more practical option, adding instant appeal to the property and creating that all-important first impression.
The FUSION system uses cleverly designed brackets that are simply slotted onto the hand and baserail, whilst the slim glass panels are easy to handle, making installing stairparts a quick and easy project for housebuilders.
The Immix range offers a contemporary look with the choice of glass infill panels, solid wood spindles or a combination of the two, turning traditional stair design on its head. The range is available in white oak or walnut and supplied with gun-metal connectors and fittings. The stair parts are easy fit, with minimal mess and disruption to other projects involved in the build.
When selecting the type of wood for the staircase, consider the materials used elsewhere in the property. For example, white oak is a popular choice for flooring, doors and kitchens, so if this has been specified in other areas of the build, continue the theme throughout, by selecting the same wood for the stairparts. Such attention to detail creates consistency throughout the house, resulting in the unified look and feel many buyers want when purchasing their ideal property.
Available in luxury white oak, the Classic range of stair balustrades feature elegantly fluted spindles, with a choice of plain or fluted newels. The sophisticated range can be fitted with a straight handrail or continuous rail for added interest. For further impact, why not combine the traditional appeal of the delicate spindles and curved handrail with modern finishes when it comes to decorating.
The Heritage range is ideal for large new builds to create an impressive hallway space. The luxury oak range comes in white oak, with a wide choice of turned or plain spindle and newel designs, creating a unique and timeless feature.
The Elements range is a new take on the classic timber and metal stairparts solution. It combines white oak handrails and newels with metal spindles to make a real impact. Opting for black iron, twisted spindles can create drama and turn a functional staircase into a striking centrepiece that lends itself well to both traditional and contemporary style interior. This will create a grand focal point and add considerable value to a property.
Richard Burbidge’s range of pre-finished stairparts means there will be no disruption to work going on upstairs or downstairs while waiting for the finish to dry, which ensures dust and contaminates do not affect the finish. This means there is no need to stop work on the rest of the property whilst installing stairparts. This also avoids the hassle of sanding, painting or varnishing the balustrades, which can take longer than the actual installation itself, helping to save time and money on the build.
All Richard Burbidge branded timber products are accredited with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programmed for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) chain of custody certification. This makes it easy for you to trace back the source of the timber, ensuring that it has come from a reputable and ethically sound source.
Updating stairparts is one of the easiest solutions when it comes to adding perceived value to a new build. Making a grand entrance with a striking staircase can really improve a property’s saleability, creating a stunning centrepiece and ensuring the property has that instant ‘wow-factor’ for potential buyers.