Shalom - Residential Bungalow
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6. Defects Wood is available in the form of logs that are cut to different sectional sizes as per the homeowner’s requirements. Avoid wooden sections or boards with structural defects such as cracks (that are an obvious fault) and knots, which make the wood difficult to cut.Good-quality wood will give out a clear, ringing sound when struck while decayed timber produces a dull, heavy sound.Check for any type of termite infestation; this can be done by tapping the wood. A low or flat sound may indicate hollow spaces within the wood with the possibility of termites inside the wood. Termites need damp conditions to thrive, so if the wood is properly seasoned or dried, it should be termite-free.
For this Mahabaleshwar home, the stunning feature wall clad in grey lava stone becomes the backdrop for the free-standing spiral wooden staircase’s landing area. The brass pendant lights with cutwork add an aesthetic touch while the recessed lights under each tread are both functional and dramatic. Interior designer Mansi Desai uses illumination to create an interplay of light and shadow in this area. Take a tour of this home here
The free-standing spiral wooden staircase which leads to the first floor is complemented by a backdrop of grey stone. “The wall with lava stone cladding and the bunch of brass pendant lights with cutwork are the highlight of the staircase,” Desai says. Recessed lights under each tread create an interesting light and shadow effect. See more images of this house
3. Wooden spineMansi Desai has designed a staircase that manages to be fluid and angular at the same time. A helical wooden block runs through the underside, acting like a spine that connects all the treads as it spirals upward. The whole structure appears to float unsupported in front of an accent wall, while spherical fixtures at different heights make for a dynamic element that accentuates the volume of the design. Tip: To add more safety to the structure, consider glass railings.