Certain architectural elements are always fun to design because they provide design and technical challenges while presenting special opportunities to create unique spaces. Stairs are one of our favorite ways to amplify a space with distinctive character. Functionally, stairs are essential in providing unrestricted, vertical circulation through a home. However, aesthetically they can become a central element, defining space by taking on a personality of their own. At Incite, we enjoy incorporating stairs into cohesive designs by giving them significance through material and form. Sometimes, the stair is a discreet passage through space, screened from the primary areas of the home. Other times, the stair becomes a sculptural element that all spaces circulate around, or, as in this case, floats in a large East facing bay allowing morning light to flood the kitchen space. This stair was constructed at the Little Sea Main House, a new seaside home with an adjacent guest house. For more Incite stair designs, visit our Houzz “Stairs” Ideabook.