Our customer came to us with a blank slate and a simple vision, something grand and traditional.
After a good chat with our advisors it was decided that walnut was the wood for the job. No other timber is capable of such rich, luxurious browns while maintaining such a characteristic flowing grain throughout its lengths.
The first aspect of this staircase that will jump out to most customers is the continuous handrail. As you can see at the bottom of the flight we have a classic volute in which the handrail comes to rest in a small circular carousel, spindles and all. This is a brilliant little feature that creates that grandiose impact required for the flight.
The treads and risers, while being walnut, have had a stair runner added. This is a matter of taste, but personally I feel that this suits the household as a whole and serves to break up the otherwise very rich stair carcass. It also serves to create a better continuation between the upper and lower floor than may have been otherwise possible with the simply walnut flight.
You’ll notice that in order to take this we have created a customer curtail step at the bottom of the flight to accept the spindles and open the staircase to the rest of the home at it’s entrance. If you look closely you can also see that we have carried this curtail around to the other side of the flight also, again opening it out and provide an air of symmetry.
The flight itself is what is known as a cut string staircase. This means that the stringer is cut to follow the rise and going of the stair, as it is, here the string is normally only cut on the one open side. This is a great way to add a little character to a flight and is very much a classical style. The side of the staircase that it up against the wall also has a subtle, but much appreciated touch. The string is ramped and curved rather than coming to harsh angles which could have otherwise drawn focus away from the other great aspects of the flight. You may notice that we have added two spindles per tread, this isn’t strictly necessary from a safety point of view however it creates a lovely effect that the eye certainly appreciates as it follows the ascent of the flight. You may also be able to make out that the cut string also has a bracket added to it. This is a purely decorative touch which is again very much the traditional option.
As we venture towards the landing we notice that a lovely walnut apron has been added to the stairwell and carries round the full landing, this is a lovely touch that again helps to accentuate the grand nature of the flight. The handrail also continues unbroken throughout the length of this landing, this had to be customer made to fit the exact dimensions of the landing.
We hope that you love this staircase as much as we at StairBox do, this flight has always been a point of pride for those that worked so hard on it. If you have a specific vision that you would like to be realised, we at StairBox are more than happy to help. Please feel free to contact us via email or call us on 01782 832555.