Fernando Pagés Ruiz | July 23, 2016

Photos // Drywall, Tile, Flooring, Trimwork, Cabinetry

Spiral Stairs: Appalling and Delighting


Space savers for the young-ish


Knowing how building inspectors in the USA feel about spiral stairways, I am always appalled and delighted by the inspiring spiral I encounter in Latin America.

To save space, these twisters are used in everything from hotels (the concrete and red tile stairway below) to offices (the yellow steel stairway).

They are easy on the assent. But with low railings, and 60 years on my legs, I sometimes have to walk down these a little carefully.  


— Fernando Pagés Ruiz is ProTradeCraft's Latin America Editor. He is currently building a business in Ecuador and a house in Mexico. Formerly, he was a builder in the Great Plains and Mountain States. He is author of Building an Affordable House and Affordable Remodel (Taunton Press).



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