In order to ease the effort of the climb, a single-run straight stair should use deeper treads and shorter risers than a stair that contains a landing. The guardrail has an open, airy appearance, which adds a sense of spaciousness to a hallway that might otherwise feel narrow. Simple round, tapered wooden balusters are an attractive alternative to the heavy turned colonial balusters found in many spec homes.
In order to ease the effort of the climb, a single-run straight stair should use deeper treads and shorter risers than a stair that contains a landing. The guardrail has an open, airy appearance, which adds a sense of spaciousness to a hallway that might otherwise feel narrow. Simple round, tapered wooden balusters are an attractive alternative to the heavy turned colonial balusters found in many spec homes.

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.

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