An alternative to a railing mounted on brackets is one “cut” into the wall, a more difficult and expensive design, but one in keeping with the minimalism of the overall stair. Of course, as many of these photos show, having a handrail is not a guarantee that anybody will use it!
Floating staircases are simple and open, often eliminating risers and stringers.
Staircases are essential, functional elements in many homes. However, they don't have to be merely functional; they can be beautiful, as well. Adding a floating staircase is a way to make your home unique, and this type of staircase is particularly attractive in a home with modern or minimalist decor. There are many methods and materials that you can use to build a floating staircase, making it easy to find one that suits your home and tastes.
Use space beneath stairs as a special retreat. With treads nearly the size of trees, this substantial set of floating stairs meld beautifully into the side wall. In this setting, the cantilevered stairs leave open a sitting area underneath the stairs, a perfect little hideaway to read a book. Cantilevered stairs are possible by tying in some type of structural support (typically steel) into the framing of the house.
With glass you can also easily create floating elements within the stair design. For example you may see a floating mirror, a floating wood frame or other sculptural objects with leather cladding. Some possibilities are shown at our sky engineering stair model.