Trends in staircase design 2019

When designing a new home, a staircase in your hall or entry foyer can be a feature or style statement.  Hot trends in stairs design include:

Floating stairs built with resin or engineered stone slab steps sitting on a centered steel rail for strength. The larger landing on these architectural stairs adds a touch of elegance and class.

Glass balustrades with no handrail – though check your local regulations re stairs: Christchurch City Council insisted on hand rails on both sides in a recent commercial staircase renovation I did.


Timber finish on stair treads for a warm natural look


Office, homework nook or book shelves under a floating staircase.  Often an awkward corner to furnish, this is a really practical idea for utilising the space well.

So where do go for staircase design?

Engineering companies or architects.  I can recommend Division Group who designs, manufactures and installs architectural stairs Christchurch-wide, supplying supporting engineering services. Check out the cool metal detailing on their offices and meeting rooms at their Kaiapoi engineering base.  Anthony is what I’d call a “creative engineer”.  His team co-ordinate the whole shebang including glass balustrades, metal handrails and staircase brackets as well as documentation/consents as required.

By the way, one of the surprising issues few people consider at the design stage is installation.  Stairs can often be in tight spaces and need installing after walls and doors are in, which can make access tricky.  Division Group has a range of nifty, specialist gear for installing staircases in tricky spaces with some funky spider cranes – Anthony reckons he loves a challenge but it pays to have a site visit or show him your plans early on just in case!

Ezyfit Home Workouts Reviews – Exercises at home to promote weight loss after pregnancy

The three reviews below are from people throughout the Oceania region who have tried the Ezyfit home workout program. Here’s what they had to say:

“I’m a busy person, so I find it hard to find time to work in exercise around work (I run a business), family (two bumptious boys), and occasional socialising.  I travel once a fortnight, and find it hard to do anything in regular hours.  Plus if I’m honest, I’m not into the sweaty go-hard environment of a gym (too much perspiration is not my style – plus I am not good at getting up in the mornings!)  I figured that exercises at home in the evenings would be the best way to get fit.  Searching online, I came across  Ezyfit, who are a group of personal trainers and gym owners online.  They’ve tailored a program of exercises that take into consideration what equipment I have (e.g. swiss ball and running shoes), what body parts I want to work on (soft tummy), and what things I like (built in a tennis lesson – yay).  I find the convenience of this really works – though I have to admit that around Christmas, my self-discipline has seriously waned.  But roll on first week of work, and I’m back into it.  Worth a try! If your self-discipline went out the window at Xmas and you’re not feeling as fit and fantastic as you’d like, then home workouts are probably on your New Year’s resolution list like mine.” Lisa P, Wogga Wogga, NSW, Australia

“The downside of having children is post pregnancy belly fat.  It’s stubborn, hard to shift and who has time anyway with kids ever demanding a watchful eye!  Well there is a way.  Ezyfit is a site that has helped me find a solution to lose that post-pregnancy belly I was carrying around.  You can even get a personalised program that works around your exercise preferences!  Best of all, I could do all the exercises at home.” Kobayashi S, Tokyo, Japan

“I’ve always wondered what’s the secret to weight loss after pregnancy? It’s depressing that the body tries to hold onto body fat after babies. Why can’t we look like those Woman’s Weekly actresses with no bulge (seriously, surely those shots are photoshopped????) And with the exhaustion of a new baby (as well as another wandering toddler to be mindful of), it seems too hard to commit to weight loss after pregnancy.  However, I’ve just chanced across the Ezyfit program and cannot rave about enough! I’ve seen some excellent results over the past few weeks, not to mention a boost of energy as well. I highly recommend it to all mums of all ages.” Sarah T, Christchurch, New Zealand