Posted by John Corey on April 26, 2006 at 19:38:01:
Great idea Clint.
I had a place with two spiral staircases. They were fine when I lived here for 2 years.
Do consider what the rooms will be used for and if furniture needs to be carried up or down. Is the opening wide enough when the stairs are installed? Is there another access point that can be used when moving larger items?
With the property I owned I put an extra wide staircase in one location (2 people could pass each other easily). For the other room we did not need anything too wide. The one time we lifted something large we got an externally ladder and pushed the item up the ladder (in the house). Sort of like a slide that you push things up.
Some parents will have issues if they have small children. They can get a gate or similar but it might still deter some people from making an offer. I also had other people who became a bit nervous on the stairs. Something about a fear of heights. Much less of an issue when they used the wide spiral than the narrow (‘normal width’) spiral.
The stairs were metal. They did not cost that much at all and looked very good. I want to say the price was something like $5K to $10K but that is translated from Pounds Sterling and the property was in London England.