A Complete New Build
Billie-Jean and Mark Holden had originally planned to stay in their four-bedroom ‘forever’ home in Cheshire. But, having purchased the bungalow that was up for sale next door, and with the intention of getting planning permission to sell on, they soon had more ambitious plans to build their own oak framed home on the land to become mortgage free.
After visiting a traditionally styled cottage built by Welsh Oak Frame, they were set on building a characterful oak framed property that didn’t look new or out of place.
Billie said “once we’d decided on the layout and had planning permission passed, we project managed the whole build and did as much ourselves as we could, using local tradesman for plumbing, plastering, bricklaying and joinery.”
Designing a Staircase with Character
The couple had originally planned to purchase a standard staircase for the property from a local builder’s merchants, but soon realised they would need a feature staircase given the vaulted ceiling height in the entranceway.
“When designing the staircase, it was important for us to maximise floor space as we were already reducing the size of our home. We also knew we’d need to incorporate a turn in the staircase due to the height and layout of this space” Billie says.
After a friend of theirs recommended StairBox, they began the process of designing their bespoke staircase; choosing the materials and finishes that would work best in their oak framed home. Billie says “it was important for us to get a good quality staircase which had the best impact in the space. We could really visualise oak and glass working well.
“I did have reservations about the glass in terms of keeping it clean, but since opting for this, I’ve found that it’s really not an issue.”
The Wow Factor
Billie and Mark had a local joiner fit the staircase and landing balustrade, before fitting a light coloured carpet on the stairs and landing to achieve a warm, characterful feel. They were thrilled with the results.
Billie says “our staircase really does have the wow factor! It gives a great feeling of space with the glass and works perfectly in our entranceway.
“StairBox are simply a great company to deal with. Not only did they supply an excellent quality staircase, I found their team very approachable and helpful throughout our order. I’ll definitely continue to recommend them to others.”
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