Small spaces present many challenges for homeowners and good design emerges when those challenges are used as opportunities for creativity. Alternating tread stairs provide a way to move from floor to floor when the spaces is tight and steap. Check out these inspirational stairways after the jump.

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1 Georgous diagonal alternating tread stairs, from Arkitektkontor make a huge statement in a tiny space.
2 Minimalist ladder stairs, spotted over at Contractor Talk graphically carry both you and your eye up the space.
3 Industrial metal alternating tread stairs, featured in Dwell act as sculpture in an small open area in the loft.
4 Cantelevered stairs seem to fold out of the wall, in the he Büro.Loft F27 featured at Architonic.
5 Stairs in the XXS House, by Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti tread lightly in a tiny space.

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