Winder Stairs: Traditional and Modern

Winder stairs are those that have wedge-shaped steps turning a corner where you'd normally see a landing. They are squeezed in when space is tight and they're normally spotted in small, cottage homes. We generally associate them with traditional wood construction, like the stair above. But check out the truly modern winder stair after the jump...

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This modern winder by Caliper Studio is fabricated of bent steel plate. By code, winders are only allowed in residential construction. Would you put a stair like this in your home to save stair space, or do you see those wedge-shaped steps as an accident waiting to happen? Top photo: Virginia MacDonald

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.