Alternating Tread Stairs Sneak Into Homes

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Tad Beck's stair can handle dogs. Photo by Dave Lauridsen inDwell

Justin at Stair Porn roots around in his Dwell Magazine collection and finds two examples of alternating stairs being used in dwellings. These stairs take up half the space of conventional ones (see our roundup here), but are usually reserved for industrial use. Even the manufacturer, Lapayre Stair, explicitly tells prospective customers to get lost, noting:

"It is not possible to turn around on our stair. Nor can two feet be placed on the same level at the same time. It is difficult for children and the elderly to use our stair. In addition, the handrails do not meet the baluster (vertical rail) requirements for residential stairs. Children could easily fall through the rails to the ground below."

But that doesn't stop designers from trying.


The designer of this Puzzle Loft thinks they are just fine:

"The stair [by Lapeyre Stair] is very cost-effective, as compared to building woodwork," Woo explains. "It occupies very little space, and you can come down without holding the rail."

Perhaps it is time for the rules (and Lapeyre Stairs) to be loosened up a bit.

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