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Staircases

Staircases are a large part of our work. Here, one size, most certainly, does not fit all: a simple single flight could be neatly hidden in your country cottage, or diverging curved walkways could become the centre-piece of your estate.

In recent years, more and more people have been looking for new designs, often looking to use novel materials. As a company, there is no one textbook from which we read: we welcome concepts that are avant-garde.

Instead of focusing on resilience to the British climate, the timber used in staircases can be chosen with only good taste in mind. Notwithstanding various softwoods, many hardwoods are on offer: Ash; English and European Oak; Parana Pine; and Sapele, a form of Mahogany, have all been popular with our loyal cliental. When selecting timber, we often use two complementary tones, or, for that unique staircase, we select two that contrast. Many non-organic elements can also be built in; for instance glass panes, ironwork, or non-slip inserts, for safety.

Although the classic
closed string and riserstaircase is suitable for almost every project, many other options are available. In contrast to this compact design, ‘cut string and open riser’ staircases offer a more exposed option - excluding, the under-utilised ‘carriage’ concept - and thus is more commonly selected for large living areas. Despite its benefits, this open design is incapable of supporting intricate details; therefore, when the staircase is a room’s main feature, a ‘cut string’ is used.

A lot of our handrails are designed in house, we can accommodate any shape, style, size, or design. These can vary hugely, from the delicate Georgian design to the simple sweeping curve, but, ultimately, must be key with the newel post. Frequently, these are topped by either turned balls or acorn motifs, whereas teardrops can seen falling from the their underside.
Like the first steps into your home, the first treads of your staircase should provide the perfect first impression; whether bullnose, curved, shaped, or angular. As shown adjacent, you could incorporate a galleried area, which forms an altogether different atmosphere.