Keep A Track On The Building Regulations For Balustrades Before Installing

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When building a new home or adding an extension, it’s crucial to consider the codes of balustrades. At times, considering the design this may seem to be a hurdle. This is why, as per the experts, it is prudent to hire a reputed stair installer in Western Australia who has proper knowledge on balustrade codes.

In Queensland, over 20 people died and hundreds of people were injured between 2002 to 2012 after falling from decks or balconies. The cause of these accidents are structural failure, which is why it is so important to ensure your balustrades comply with the national building regulations.

Building Code of Australia

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) sets building regulations for all States and Territories in the country. It provides a consistent set of Australian building standards in the areas of health, safety, fire, and sustainability.

What is a balustrade and why do you need it?

A balustrade is a fall prevention barrier that is provided alongside a stairway or ramp, floor, corridor, hallway, balcony, verandah, mezzanine or path of access to a building. Many accidents happen every year due to illegally built decks and balconies, or ones that haven’t been regularly inspected and maintained. Regulated decks, balconies and balustrades help to prevent these accidents from happening. Get your balustrades installed from the staircase experts to prevent mishaps and also to meet the codes.

Codes of decks and balconies

Balconies: Must be one metre or higher above the ground.

Decks: Must be more than one metre above the ground. The openings in balustrades cannot be greater than 125 millimetres. If the deck is built more than 4 metres above the ground, balustrades cannot have any climbable elements located between 150 millimetres and 760 millimetres from the floor.

Stairs: Must have a barrier of at least 865 millimetres high above the ‘nosing’ of the stair treads. Stairs which are more than four metres in height must too meet the codes mentioned for decks.

Climate

Climate is very important to consider when building or installing balustrades, especially with Australia’s varying seasons. In many parts of Australia, the construction of new building and additions to existing buildings will be assessed as to whether or not it is in a bushfire-prone area. There are six different Bushfire Attack Levels for proposed construction and as the threat increases, so do the restrictions on the building materials.

Again, before installing a balustrade, hire staircase experts if you really prioritise safety. They can provide you with the best materials without compromising the aesthetics.

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Installing Stylish Yet Traditional Staircases

Traditional Wooden staircases and railings are similar to workhorses. They are built to give you strong base along with conveying the message of style. But beyond this basic purpose, there are many different types, which can help you to make your home safer, efficient and even more attractive. If you are looking to build a new home or to design an existing one, give careful thought to the staircase installation, because probably you will meet with certain amount of flexibility as to where and how they can be positioned.

Stair or railing replacement should also be approached with care because, it’s a quite tricky business, and you need to be very familiar with the International Code Council’s Stair Building Code. If you are not aware of codes simply contact a staircase manufacturer and installer as they have a wealth of experience in the installation works and know well about the codes as well as other requirements for your locality.

Various types of staircases

Straight staircase :

Straight staircase

The simplest form is the straight staircase which is limited to a maximum of 16 stairs. Sometimes an intermediate landing partway is also installed. This type often looks good on timber staircase.

Quarter landing :

Quarter landing

Quarter landing is a variant of straight stairs, including a landing partway up which marks a 90-degree or L shape change in the direction. These are not only functional and spacious, but are also safer.

Double quarter landing :

Double quarter landing

Double quarter landing come up with two landings, each with a 90-degree directional change.

Half landing :

Half landing

Half landing is a type of straight staircase. Here, the landing marks are 180 degree in direction. This style is very efficient, requires less space and is safer too.

Single winder :

Single winder staircase

Single winder incorporates a 90-degree turn. But instead of a landing, the turn is enabled by the use of a wedge-shaped winder tread, which is usually positioned near the bottom of the staircase for aesthetic and convenience.

Double winder :

Double winder staircase

Double winder is same like single winder but more compact. This includes a turn of 180 degrees.

Arched staircase :

Arched staircase

Arched styles are aesthetically appealing but often difficult to construct. They consist of wedge-shaped stairs with curved handrails.

Spiral :

Spiral staircase

Spiral staircase is also wedge-shaped. It has a railing along with a central vertical post for support. Spiral is the most efficient for fitting into small spaces. Carrying bulky objects on these stairs may be a bit tricky.

When you are looking for style, always go for a timber staircase. It is a one time investment that’d hold the decorative and artistic look forever.

Tips To Decorate Your Living Room On Valentine’s Day

14th Feb is just a couple of weeks away and you must be planning something unique to make your Valentine feel special and happy. The day is a symbol of love, passion, romance and commitment. So never miss out on even a single chance to highlight your feelings for your sweetheart on this day.

Many people plan different activities to celebrate V-day. Some opt for a romantic candle light dinner, whereas some plan a short weekend trip. If you have a tight budget, then prefer to keep everything simple. You don’t need to spend a lump sum to make your partner happy. How about establishing a romantic ambience by decorating your living room with essential decorating items? Furnishing the room with simple yet unique decor will not cost you much. Stated below are some simple ideas to decorate and create a romantic atmosphere in your living area –

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1. Select a theme – Since it is all about celebrating love and passion, always go for bright and vibrant themes. Choose a theme that is cute, intense and longing. Don’t make the atmosphere boring and dull by selecting inappropriate theme.

living-rooms-with-mocha-walls-brown-living-room-with-red-8a6cf96adfb817962. Select a colour – Selecting the right colour for enhancing the ambience of the room is definitely a must. For Valentine’s Day, choose any colour such as maroon, red, pink – or any shade according to your partner’s preference.

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3. Embellish the staircases – One of the most important focal points of your living area is the staircase. Hence never miss to beautify the place with some decorative items. To enhance the look of your staircases, hang red and golden ribbons throughout the place. Highlight the ribbons by adding some beads and flowers as well. However, before proceeding with the task, make sure that your staircases are in good condition. If required, appoint staircase experts in Western Australia for maintenance.

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4. Decorate the walls – Furnish the walls with red coloured balloons and floral arrangements. You can even create a collage out of some of your favourite pictures, set it in a decorative photo frame and hang it on the wall of your living space.

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5. Curtains – Give a fresh look to your living area by replacing the old curtains with new and vibrant ones. You can even accessorise the curtains by attaching ribbons or colourful laces around them.

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6. Cushions – Small, simple and cute cushions can give an exclusive and fashionable look to the entire room. To highlight the ambience of the day, use some small red heart shaped cushions and place them on your couch.

So get ready to have a memorable Valentine’s Day with your love by following all the aforementioned tips.

Make The Best Use Of Your Stairs

Staircases are one of the most common features of homes, but seldom are they used to their fullest potential. Little do homeowners realise the endless possibilities offered by staircases, which can provide a great conjunction of functionality and design if planned properly. In fact, traditional staircases waste a lot of space underneath, and that unused space can be turned into effective storage with just a little bit of careful planning.

Let’s have a look at a few interesting and space-saving staircase designs popular in Perth:

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Spiral Design

In case your home requires open spaces, you can replace your existing awkward staircase for one with a spiral design. Not only would it modify the overall visual appeal of your interiors, but also impart a chic and modern touch. In addition to that, the spiral design will provide access to space that was previously wasted and also make the area look compact.

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Harry Potter Design

This one has been inspired by the living space of Harry Potter – a closet underneath the staircase – in the first book of the series. Of course, adopting this design does not mean that you will have to use it for the same purpose. Rather, you will be benefitted with some additional storage space that you can use for keeping a shoe rack, gardening equipment, home improvement tools or any other useful item. If the space can possibly allow, you may even have a small bathroom built inside it. Otherwise, turn the space into a dog house and gift it to your pooch. Or allow your kids to use it as a tiny playroom. Have a pocket or incognito door installed to keep the closet hidden from sight when it’s not being used.

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Stairs Inside Stairs

Do you have a basement? If yes, then may be you also have 2 staircases in different areas. Undoubtedly, they have taken up more floor area than you wanted them to. A prudent thing that you can do is opt for the ‘stairs within stairs’ design to augment your home space. The design will have the basement stairs just underneath the floor stairs. You can easily conceal the basement door with wainscotting, and also install bespoke handrails for enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the place.

If you wish for your home to reach its complete spatial potential, it is important to create new areas for storage and find wasted spaces. Adopting any of the above mentioned designs will definitely help you to do that.