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Stairs and Lifts

January 30, 2014
Stairs and Lifts


Stairs in a house need to be functional, practical and conform to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) however; this does not mean they can’t also be a highly decorative and interesting focal point of the home.

When renovating and having to incorporate stairs, or a stair case, there are several do’s and don’ts you should adhere to.


  • Consider the space available as the stairs need to be proportional
  • Be sure to consider traffic flow when planning stairs positioning
  • Provide adequate lighting of the stairs
  • Carefully consider the material your stairs will be made of
  • Make sure your riser (height of stair) and run (tread width) is practical and easy to walk up and down
  • Be sure to provide an adequate balustrade


  • Consider the stairs as an afterthought of a renovation, plan ahead
  • Use material that can be slippery or breakable
  • Forget to keep your budget in mind. Geometric and curved staircases are generally speaking more expensive than straight ones.


There are several different lift types for your home depending upon the purpose you require your lift for.

The most common lifts are:

  • Home Lifts & Elevators- a home lift or elevator usually consists of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically, in a vertical shaft, in order to move people from one floor to another in a building.
  • Disabled Access Lifts & Elevators - Platform Lifts, Wheel Chair Lifts, Pool Lifts and Spa Lifts are all forms of disabled access lifts and elevators that can be incorporated into a home renovation.
  • Stair Lifts and Chair Lifts – from simple straight stair case installations, to multi-level internal & eternal curved stair lift & chair lifts, there are several products on the market that could be considered for a home renovation.
  • Inclined Platform Lift – make a great alternative to a stair lift as they can travel up an incline rather than just going vertically. If a person is confined to a wheelchair, then the lift can be a good solution as the person remains in their wheelchair and move efficiently and effortlessly down or up a level.
  • Service Lifts & Dumbwaiters – a dumbwaiter is a small elevator for carrying smaller things like food and dishes, not people, between the floors of a building. Whereas a service lift is designed to carry larger or heavy objects like furniture up multiple stories and is generally also used by service people, not tenants of the building.

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