Common-Sense Stair Building and Handrailing

Common-Sense Stair Building and Handrailing

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...while in construction awkward problems are frequently suggested from the necessity of carrying flights of stairs over spaces where they can neither be well fastened into the side walls nor supported from below. Not only do these practical difficulties have to be considered in every class of staircase, from that of a cottage to that of a palace, but in all situations where the stairs form a conspicuous feature and where there is any pretense at ornamental building, its artistic treatment affords ample scope for the skill of the architect or the workman. Stairs of this kind, to be effective, should be wide between the wall and rail, with one or two flats or landings. The rail must be heavy, the balusters something more than "broom handles," and at the foot let there be a newel, on which the architect may display his taste and skill. It need not be elaborate, but it is a conspicuous object, and it should have something more to recommend it to our notice than the cheap and stereotyped forms, which maybe bought at the turner's by the hundred. As a first and most essential principle, a staircase should present an inviting aspect, suggestive of an easy ascent, not of a painful and laborious effort at climbing. Therefore, even if it were, as a rule, possible, which it rarely is, to arrange several flights in a direct line, it would be undesirable to do so; for, however imposing the effect of such an arrangement, it could not but oppress those about to ascend it with an uncomfortable sense of coming fatigue, suggested by the prospect of one long ascent, broken only by landings which would be lost to view from the bottom. It is pleasant to mount up stairs properly planned, especially if they are well lighted and ventilated. And if on the first...
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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236590090
  • 9781236590091