Cantilever structures have been used in building design for years – most notably for bridges, balconies and roofs. To the untrained eye, it’s a technique you may well have seen in operation, without actually realising what it was!
The basic idea of cantilever is that it enables the construction of overhanging structures with anchoring only at one end, but without the need for external bracing. This is in contrast to standard construction that is supported at both ends, with loads applied between the two supports. For instance, a beam found in a post and lintel system.
Cantilever is in it’s prime
With advances in modern architecture and interior design, however, cantilever structures are arguably now in their prime. No more so than in the home. In new build construction, on extensions, in kitchens, bedrooms, dining rooms and bathrooms – in fact just about any place where new space or more space is deemed desirable – cantilever can provide the answers.
Futuristic building style
The futuristic building design has taken the concept to new, sometimes jaw-dropping levels; entire sections of properties protruding out from the main surface area, appearing to be top-heavy and hovering unaided in mid-air. At times, it’s as if architects are daring to challenge the laws of gravity!
Regardless of how ambitious you wish to be, the introduction of a cantilever structure is a sure-fire way to modernise your home and to create greater interior floor area.
An oak and glass cantilevered staircase
One fine example of this has been a recent and very exciting project we’ve undertaken at JLA – a stunning cantilever structure which is an oak and glass staircase which is now the centrepiece of a client’s extensive new build home in Chichester, West Sussex. (See case study).
The client was looking for something that was very minimalist, modern and sleek – with the main goal of making their large entrance look as light and spacious as possible.
How the work was planned
To plan the work, we initially used MDF templates as a substitute for the steel structure and glass components of the actual staircase. MDF material is a lot cheaper and easier to craft than initially commissioning steel or glass.
With the heavy steel components fitted to the wall, we were then able to slide on the bespoke oak treads. Once all the treads were in place, it was then time to fit the glass on the ends. Finally, to complete the minimalist feel, the handrail was attached to the glass as a finishing styling and safety touch.
This is a great example of how cantilever creativity can enhance the look and feel of a modern property.
Transforming your home
But the same principles can be introduced to just about every room in the home – upstairs or downstairs – and we’d be happy to discuss ideas with you.
In the meantime, you may be interested to take a look at some of the cantilever structure options featured in this link:
For our case study go to:Back to Blog