Why should you have a stone staircase in your home?
Imagine a house with a stone staircase. It’s probably a pretty nice house, but whilst they continue to be popular in larger homes, they are becoming increasingly requested in homes of all different sizes. Stone has a way of making a home feel like a castle. It feels luxurious, but it can also look rustic, depending on what type of stone you’re using and is durable and low maintenance, all important factors when thinking about what material to use for your staircase.
As well considering the stone you would like to use, you will also need to consider positioning and design, and that’s where we come in. Coulon Stone is your local stone expert supporting many homes to achieve the perfect stone staircase. After reading this post, you’ll know everything you need to know before starting the process of building a stone staircase.
Choosing the perfect stone staircase material
Each type of stone has its own pros and cons and is unique in its own way. You will need to work with a stone masonry expert who will source the stone you require and install your staircase safely and effectively, ensuring it is built to last and stand the test of time.
These days, the most popular types of stone for staircases are marble, hard limestone’s and composite quartz and granite is still a popular choice for businesses. The question is which one is right for you. Each stone has its own characteristics and is quarried or manufactured in different ways. These characteristics can affect everything from the look of the stone to its price. Before you build your staircase, you need to decide which one is right for you.
Marble has been used for staircases for centuries, and continues to be one of the most popular choices because of its classic elegance and luxury. Marble is a natural stone that comes in various colours from whites, greys, browns and greens. It is durable but over time will experience some wearing and scratching, although this only adds to the charm of the staircase. It can be made water resistant by regular sealing.
Similarly to marble, limestone has also been a popular staircase material for many centuries, and continues to be today. In fact, we recently fitted staircases in two Buckinghamshire homes using Egyptian Limestone and Portuguese Limestone. Limestone is a natural, durable stone which will last for hundreds of years. It comes in a variety of light, neutral tones which makes it perfect for homes.
Granite stone is an excellent choice for your stone staircase, particularly for businesses. It is the most hardwearing of the natural stones, making it perfect for high traffic areas. Once sealed by your stone mason granite it watertight and is very easy to clean, so you won’t find yourself working away for hours polishing your staircase. Granite is also available in a wide variety of colours and designs.
Man-made composite quartz stones are manufactured to be incredibly durable, so they work perfectly for staircases in both homes and businesses. Most are water and scratch resistant making them a low maintenance choice. They also come in a huge variety of colours, patterns and textures so if the neutral tones of natural stones like limestone and marble aren’t for you, perhaps you’ll find what you’re looking for in composite quartz.
Finding the perfect design and space for your new staircase
There are many different staircase options to choose from these days. Depending on your home’s design, you may want to consider a stone staircase with a more classic look, or create a very modern staircase. The stone staircase is an excellent addition to any home, and you can use it to make a dramatic statement. You will want to consider whether you want a cantilever staircase where the stair treads appear to be flooding in the air. These sweeping, sometimes spiralling staircases were first built by stone masons in 17th Century France but they are still the most popular design we see today. Alternatively you may want us to clad a staircase frame of existing staircase. If you’re unsure please get in touch as our experienced stone masons will be able to advise you. We also find that most home and business owners work with a structural engineer alongside a stone mason.
You will need to decide where your stone staircase will be placed. If you are replacing your current staircase, you may be more limited on where your new staircase can be installed, but if you are building your home from scratch, you will have more options on where you would like your staircase to be. The beauty of having a luxurious stone staircase is that it will often make a beautiful feature piece in your hallway. When we think of stone staircases, we often imagine large stately homes where the stairs are the focal point of the main room.
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Coulon Stone has all the expertise you need for your staircase renovation
As a family-owned business since 1990, we have always had one goal in mind. To offer our clients the best stone products and services possible. As experts in stone masonry and stone projects, we have vast experience creating and restoring stone pieces commercially and privately. Coulon Stone has worked with residential homes to renovate kitchens, bathrooms, floors, and historic buildings, restoring the exteriors and repairing stonework.
If you are looking for a bespoke stone staircase that adds luxury and elegance to your home in 2022, contact Coulon Stone today by calling us or visiting our beautiful showroom to see our projects first-hand. We are conveniently located in Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, with great links to the M40. Coulon Stone is happy to work across the Chilterns, London, the Home Counties and further. We look forward to helping you with your new project soon.