A well-done staircase is often the beautiful centerpiece of any home’s interior or exterior. While its functions are primarily utilitarian – get from one point to another – it can be designed to go far beyond utilitarian so that is a stunning showcase of wonderful craftsmanship. If you have seen a carved stone staircase, you know that it is breathtaking. All of that natural stone, intricately carved and expertly installed leaves the end result of grandeur and luxury. Though you may think a carved stone staircase is only for a certain, more opulent aesthetic, there are a variety of carving styles and colors that will coordinate seamlessly with any architectural style.
There is a reason that carved stone staircases have been around for centuries – they are timeless in their appeal and durable, capable of withstanding centuries of use while still looking beautiful. Stone staircases look lovely with any balustrade but look particularly lovely when accompanied by a stone balustrade as well. Because stone is such a versatile material, it can be carved in many intricate designs and styles. When installed inside, a stone staircase will be a stunning centerpiece of the room and of the home. It’s beauty will stand as its own decor for the home and add tremendous value as well. Stone staircases can be linear or curved depending on your needs and design style. Additionally, they can be installed as a single staircase or double staircase. A double staircase looks particularly beautiful accompanied by a coordinating stone balustrade that culminates in a gorgeous landing at the top of the stairs.
In addition to natural stone staircases inside, they can be installed outside as well. They provide beauty, function and a necessary balance for your landscaping. Good landscaping has a balance of both softscaping (plants, grass, flowers, etc.) and hardscaping (pathways, patios, pillars, staircases, etc.). When there is a good balance it is far more aesthetically pleasing than if it is out of balance. Stone staircases are a solution to getting from one place to another in a safe way and also beautifully highlight changes in elevation in your landscape. Carved stone staircases can adorn a lovely patio or outdoor living space that extends your home’s usable space and adds a good deal of value. Whether you opt to use carved stone staircases inside or outside, they will catch the eye of any visitor, show of your design style, accentuate your home’s architecture, and add both perceived and actual value to your home.