We've been planning on putting a spiral staircase in between the 1st and 2nd floors of our house, and having been getting lots of opinions for against the idea.
We've stared at the floorplans and doodled in stairs in a few different places, but in every arrangement we can fit a full staircase (even with switchbacks), we still lose some or all of a room.
Dan mentioned this conundrum to someone that lives very near us, with exactly the staircase we're planning on putting in! It's the same kit from the same company, in the exact 6' size we can fit! And he was nice enough to invite us over to walk up and down (and up and down and up and down..)
And if that wasn't enough, he even lent me a basket so I could walk up and down pretending I was carrying laundry!
I have to say, my concerns are totally erased. This staircase is perfect. Going up is no problem at all, and there's a handrail all the way down that if you hold onto it, also keeps you on the wide part of the treads.
Thanks very much Mike for making us jealous of all your beautiful walls, and also letting us play on your stairs!
In the meantime, we're 2 coats into side 2 of the doors and looking forward to another 2 days of fun.