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All stairs, from the humblest flight of cellar stairs to the most elegant curved entryway stairs, share the same broad functional requirements: to provide safe and comfortable passage from one level of a house to another.
But beyond practical considerations, a main stair is also one of a home's most important design features. It's often located in the front entry, where its craftsmanship is on display, and its positioning and layout have an important bearing on the overall character of the space it serves.