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What goes into your SteelCut design?

Posted by Tina on December 16th, 2016

Bringing together clean, crisp lines, glass, steel and oak, our new SteelCut staircase takes everything that is great about StairBox designs and creates something gorgeous.

Like the ClearCut staircase, SteelCut is ostensibly a cut string staircase that is designed to show off the best of glass and wood (usually oak). With SteelCut stairs, powder coated steel strings draw clean geometric lines against the stringer, adding an attractive architectural element to the design.

Additionally, with SteelCut stairs we also use glass that is cut to perfectly follow the tread and riser. This additional framing gives a brilliant effect highlighting how the glass sits just off the staircase itself using brushed steel clamps.

We thought we’d share the process, behind-the-scenes, from the point that you order your SteelCut design, through to delivery and fitting:

Step 1: Your design comes in

Either send over your architects drawings or use our StairBuilder to configure your staircase plan. Once you are happy with your drawing you will need to “save your design”, this will give you a unique quote number. You can now give us a call with the quote number and we’ll let you know the price of the design in the SteelCut specification.

Some customers prefer to get in touch with us via email or call us on 01782 832555 and our advisors create the initial design for you.

Step 2: 3D drawings and production

We draw it all up using our specialist staircase 3D CAD software.

Staircase CAD drawings

Step 3: Order steel and glass

At this stage, we break down your design into component form for manufacture, at this point we also order the steel and glass to your specification.

At the London show

With a traditional staircase, we cut your spindles to the angle and length required for your staircase at this end, so you only need to pop them into place on site. We also work out the exact number of spindles required, so you don’t need to guess. 

If you’ve ordered a length of landing balustrade on our StairBuilder, we send you the appropriate number of spindles for the length of balustrade requested.

Step 4: Manufacture wooden elements

We then manufacture the wooden elements.

Newels will be manufactured, with all trenching and drilling completed ready to accept any treads, risers, strings and handrails. We determine which newels need to go to ground and design the flight with this in mind. If landing newel posts have been ordered, they will be 1.5m length.

Quays Spindles

As we know the exact dimensions and pitch of your staircase, we cut your handrail to the exact lengths and angles required. Your handrails will come with fixing bolts making the attachment to the newel even simpler on site. Landing handrail will be sent to the length requested, but beyond that we would not touch your landing balustrade. This is largely because there are so many options on site for your landing balustrade that can easily need a tweak or change when other items are in place.

Step 5: Steel arrives

Your powder coated steel is matched to a RAL colour (generally anthracite grey).

Once it arrives, we assemble the timber components onto the steel string/frame.

Step 6: Dry assemble

We then dry assemble your staircase to ensure a smooth fit on site.

Step 7: Disassemble and package

Once we know that everything is spot on, we disassemble the staircase and package everything for delivery along with your bespoke cut glass.

If you have sufficient access we would always suggest that you purchase your flight pre-assembled at no extra cost. This means that the main straight runs of the flight will come to you already assembled; treads, risers and strings. The only part of the basic staircase carcass that wouldn’t come assembled would be any turns.

As we would be assembling the basic flight you can rest safe in the knowledge that the element assembled here will be done to the highest quality. Strings will come with bolt holes ready drilled and bolts already inserted, everything in place to be fixed into the newels.

The pre-assembled sections are quite heavy so you need people on site to lift them off the van and manoeuvre them into place.

Step 8: Delivery

At StairBox we take as much of the hassle out of the process as possible without getting in your way. To put it simply, everything on the staircase will come ready cut and trenched, all that you will need to do is put the bits together. Everything will be supplied ready to fit with all the parts required, whether you have ordered your staircase through our Online Staircase Designer or over the phone with our stair design team.

Universal Landing Handrail Kit

We provide delivery instructions and will advise how many people you should have on site as a minimum, as staircases vary.

Step 9: Fitting

Fitting should be relatively simple for a joiner. If you’re worried about the work involved when the staircase gets to you, have a browse of our Fitting Guide and our Staircase Top Tips page. On these pages we go through everything that you’ll need to do to get your staircase in place. If you have any specific questions, why not Contact Us?

If you need any help assembling your staircase, check out:

You’ll also need to varnish your finished staircase.

Step 10: Send us a photograph

Please do send us a photograph of your new staircase. We love seeing the finished article in place and we also run an annual competition for the best Stairbox staircase photographs, with pretty decent prizes!

Oak cut string open plan staircase

We hope that this blog has given you a bit more insight into the work that goes into your staircase behind the scenes. If you’re ever in the neighbourhood, pop into our showroom and we can show you around. You’ll get a warm welcome and a cup of tea, as well as sitting down with our expert design staff to make your staircase concept a reality.

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