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Staircases have always been a focal point of architecture. The ascending progression of treads accompanied by the smooth flow of a well designed balustrade makes a staircase the natural canvas from which to create a work of art.

We meticulously design and engineer each curved, circular, winding, spiral, elliptical or straight staircase to meet our clients discerning tastes and needs. Our artisans are the best in their field and take pride in creating the best stair systems on the west coast, if not internationally.

Curved and Circular used as adjectives for staircases are generally interchangeable in common usage but there are technical distinctions.

The term curved staircase is an umbrella word describing a staircase that has any portion of its run changing direction around an axis, as in a circle or an ellipse.

Technically a circular staircase is defined as a curved staircase whose minor or inside radius is more than twice the length of the tread. This distinction was created by building code regulatory agencies to separate the two terms because there is a need to give a cutoff point between straight and curved staircases somewhere short of straight. This is because straight staircases have different code limits than curved or winding staircases. Circular staircases are limited to the same code requirements as straight staircases.

Winding staircases are staircases that continue to ascend (or descend) while changing direction. This change in direction does not have to come from a known center axis so it is possible to have a winding staircase that is not curved.

Spiral staircases are generally defined as very tight radius curved staircases. Usually a spiral staicase spins its treads off of a center pole but the pole may be replaced by negative space if the staircase can be supported by other means. There is no minimum or maximum size to the center radius of a spiral stair but building code regulations do require that in order to define a staircase as a spiral for code sake it can act as sole egress of no more than 400 SF of living space.

Free-standing Double Helix Staircases

Many of LCW's projects revolve around a central theme of a curved or circular staircase. The most demanding stair systems to produce are free-standing circular, curved, and elliptical stairs.

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