22 Very Unique Staircases That Will Inspire You

Wow these stairs are fantastic! It makes me wish I was the fiddler on the roof with ‘one great staircase just going up and one great staircase just going down.’ I took a look at an amazing album of photos over at Stylish Eve and I love the natural looking ones that grow into the walls and seem to be living. The book staircase designed by Levitate Architects makes my heart skip a beat; it’s so dreamy! Some of them are a little steep for me! I’m kind of klutzy and need some substantial hand rails to prevent injury! But they’re all awesome.

Here’s the link to Stylish Eve’s full photo album: (Stylish Eve – 22 Very Unique Staircases That Will Inspire You)

Deciding On A Unique Stair Design

Ever thought that your staircase can serve as an artistic element and enhance your home decor? Probably not, as we tend to see the stairs as just a practical part of the house, which is simply there to lead from one floor to another. However, if you were to take a look at these unique staircases, you will surely be bowled over. These staircases are so original and so artistic, that they not only stand out, but also enhance the value of these homes.

Quality Materials

All these staircases have one thing in common – they are all inventive and ingenious. Apart from being designed in a spectacular manner, it is clear that they are made with high quality materials. There are some which have a really modern look, whereas others are more rustic and classical. The modern ones are mainly made from metallic materials, whereas the others are manufactured from wood.

Space Saving Design

under the stairs storage ideas

There are a number of staircases that focus on the importance of saving space. If you were to think about it, the space beneath each and every step is being wasted. So, isn’t it a great idea to use these spaces as storage compartments? This is just what happened with some of these unique stairs. The areas beneath the steps can be opened so as to store items inside. Some are in the form of drawers, while others are like cabinets or cupboards. You will be amazed at the amount of extra space you will have available, and how many things you would be able to store in there!

Based on this idea, there are also some staircases that serve as a library or an original bookcase too. Lots of books can be stored beneath each step, and even on the sides of the walls too.

Slides? Why Not!

Another simply great idea is to incorporate one or more slides with the stairs. There are several designs that put this idea into practice. If you have kids, they will surely love this concept as they will have the facility of sliding down inside your home, instead of having to wait to go to the park to do so! It is also ideal for people who have accessibility problems too.

Elaborate Rails

Some of these unique staircases have focused on the different shapes of the steps, whereas others placed more emphasis on the innovative rails. Some of the rails look like branches, so the stairs look like a tree, while others are literally like a huge spiralling work of art.

One thing is for sure, all of these staircases are designed by people who are truly artistic. The style, the elegance and the flow of these staircases makes them utterly unique.

Some of the most exciting designs you have ever seen are available to view online, and even though you may not afford to have such a staircase, you will surely love the inventive ideas behind some of them. And after all, who knows, sometime you may put one or more of these innovative ideas into practice and create an original staircase design of your own.

Additional Resources: Looking for more unique stair ideas?
Don’t miss this roundup by Bored Panda and also this post by Twisted Sifter.

 Looks Like A Regular House On The Outside. Go Inside And You’ll Be Blown Away

Wow! This house is ‘50 shades of purple.’ If purple isn’t your favorite color then you probably won’t be putting down an offer for this one. This house in Hillingdog, Middlesex, Egland is floor to ceiling purple.

Paint, carpet, tile…you name it and it is purple! (I’m just glad that pea green wasn’t their favorite color. Ewww.) They already have someone lined up to buy it. Either they love lilac, plum, lavender, violet, and all the other shades of purple or they have the imagination to see other possibilities.

Wow, you gotta check out the inside… Diply: Looks Like A Regular House On The Outside.
Go Inside And You’ll Be Blown Away

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Kendall Charcoal The Perfect Neutral Grey Paint Color

Oh my goodness! I have been looking for the perfect shade of grey paint forever and here it is. Finally! Dawn, over at Creative cain Cabin, decided to switch things up a bit and experiment with greens and greys at her rustic cabin and “Kendall Charcoal’ grey paint was the winner. My guest bedroom wall is covered with grey samples; I hadn’t quite decided on one. Hopefully this will be the end of my search for the perfect paint.

See it for yourself here…

Creative cain Cabin – Kendall Charcoal The Perfect Neutral Grey Paint Color

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What This Man Did To His Attic Is Unbelievable. I Can’t Believe It Actually Worked.

Oh how I wish this was my attic! This guy, featured over at Diply, transformed a scary spider filled space into an awesome ‘man cave.’ Adding walls, wood paneling, windows, stairs, carpet and paint can go a long ways! Total transformation. Man cave? Yeah, righ! This is cooler than my bedroom.

Go here to see the full story and all the amazing step by step transformation photos… Diply: What This Man Did To His Attic Is Unbelievable. I Can’t Believe It Actually Worked.

Here’s a sneak peak at one of the “after” photos:

attic remodel after

Important Items To Keep In Mind When Doing An Attic Remodel

Adding an extra room to your house by extending can be expensive, however if you have an attic this may be a more affordable solution. The attic is normally a waste of space in most homes. It is filled with all sorts of junk and plenty of cobwebs, however, it can be turned into virtually anything you like. Whether you want to create a functional storage area, a home office, or a den, the attic is the way to go.

If you plan on turning your attic into a functional room then there are some important things to consider. This guide will look at these so you can build yourself the perfect attic room. An attic remodel will also add value to your home since you are creating an extra bedroom in your home.

Things to Consider:

- Where are you going to store your stuff – you will need to de-clutter!
– How will you Access the Attic room
– Making the Most of the Space
– Adding Light
– Decoration

De-cluttering

As most attics will be crammed to bursting point with all sorts of junk you will need to de-clutter. Get yourself a skip and start throwing or giving stuff away. You can’t be emotional, the clutter has to go. When was the last time that you actually used your old stereo? Do you really need to keep it?

Access

Most people access the attic using a ladder. This is normally fine as you don’t need to go up there that often. In actual fact, most people only venture up there once a year to get the Christmas decorations down. If you plan on turning the attic into a practical and useful room then you will need to make the access much better and more convenient.

Depending on the amount of space you have, you can choose different types of stairs. Space saving designs are perfect if you are short of space. If you have slightly more space then you could consider installing a full size staircase or a spiral staircase. Either of these options will make accessing the room much easier after the attic remodel.

Whatever type of staircase you choose, make sure that it is safe. Use handrails and guards around the top of the stairs to prevent anyone falling down.

Make Most of the Space

Your attic will probably have a sloping roof and this can make it difficult to create much functional space out of it. Depending on the slope of your roof you might have awkward angles to work with. This can be solved in two ways. You can either square off the room if there is enough space, or alternatively you can adjust the angle of the beams so that you have a more functional space to work with.

If may seem like a waste to leave this space, but it will make a better and more practical room by doing so. You could also leave a hatch through so you have some storage space to tuck a small amount of your junk out of sight.

Adding Light

Attics aren’t the brightest rooms in your house thanks to the lack of windows. While artificial light is practical, it’s nice to have access to some daylight. Roof windows can be installed in the tiles of your roof to allow light to stream into your attic room. These can also be opened for ventilation. Bear in mind that special blinds will need to be installed if you are using the attic room as a bedroom.

Decoration

Once you have solved all the practical things, then you can get down to decorating your new space. The type of decoration you choose will depend on the type of room you are creating. Whether you use drywall or wood paneling to create the room is completely up to you. Then you can choose your color scheme and add the flooring. If you don’t feel up to completing the project yourself then you could also hire an attic remodel company to help plan, and convert your attic for you.

Once you’ve finished you can start using the room for whatever purpose you want. Enjoy your new space!

Additional Resources: Looking for more amazing attic remodels?
Don’t miss this post by DIY Network and also this post at Remodelaholic.

40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

I love this roundup from DIY & Crafts. It is fabulous. No matter where you live, the rustic look is popular right now. There are ideas and projects here for people wanting just a ‘splash’ of country as well as those looking for a whole remodel. (With wonderful tutorials too.) I love having so many options and such variety all in one place. I think the Herringbone dresser has made onto my must-do list.

Find all 40 DIYs here…

DIY & Crafts – 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

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18 Of The World’s Most Amazing Tree Houses

Why keep our feet firmly planted on the ground when we can live in the trees? I had a tree house growing up but it was nothing like this gallery of ones collected by Fast Company. These are truly amazing and brilliant feats of engineering! I would be afraid to fall out of the Irian Jaya but if I make it to Peru I would love to stay at the Inkaterra.

See all of the amazing tree houses here…

Fast Company – 18 Of The World’s Most Amazing Tree Houses

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Man Designs And Builds Mobile Hot Tub Tiny House

When can I move in? Seriously! This house is the best; it even has a hot tub built in. This would take my next camping trip up a notch. Can you say ‘glamping?’ Too bad I live on the wrong side of the ‘pond.’ It’s only available in England right now. Booo. I’ll be giving them a call as soon as it’s for sale over here!

Check it out here…

Tiny House Talk – Man Designs And Builds Mobile Hot Tub Tiny House

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30 Beautiful And Relaxing Bathroom Design Ideas

Wow! Each and everyone of these bathrooms is stunning! They are beautiful and have something unique that will make you want to take a relaxing bubble bath right away. I can’t stop daydreaming about the ones with big warm fireplaces. So cozy! Some of these are super practical and some are just a thing of dreams. I don’t think I can pick a favorite!

Find all 30 relaxing bathrooms here…

Freshome – 30 Beautiful And Relaxing Bathroom Design Ideas

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tiny home

I don’t know about being better than a mansion (there isn’t any room for my walk-in closet and soaking tub) but these houses are pretty sweet! They would be easier to clean than a 50 room house and a little more affordable. Maybe I do want one! The one in Hampshire, England…big or small, I’ve never seen a house like that. And I love the one Green Mountain, North Carolina so much!

See them all here…

ViralNova:
I’d Take One Of These Tiny Houses Over A Mansion
Any Day Of The Week.

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tiny home

Are you really going to build a tiny home? For most of us the answer is maybe-probably-most likely not. I still want one but this project is a long ways off, unless Santa brings one. Buzzfeed has rounded up some amazing tiny houses that are just perfect and they are for sale. Let someone else do the work for a change! Let’s just buy one!

Find the listings here…

BuzzFeed – 10 Tiny Homes You Can Actually Buy

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