Another Astonishing Staircase Transformation
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Why choose Bisca for your bespoke staircase?
The difference is in the detail.
No two Bisca commissions are alike. Each Bisca staircase or balustrade is 100% bespoke - and designed precisely to your requirements and preferences in terms of style, materials and aesthetics making the most of your space. The clever part about design is having the ability and insight to incorporate both traditional and contemporary materials into a commission that withstands the test of time.
“When we were planning the conversion of our shippon, a 400-year-old traditional Devon cob cowshed, we settled on an open plan layout with galleries at each end linked by a bridge. The look we wanted necessitated the stairs, bridge and balustrades setting the tone for the whole project.
We wanted to preserve the uneven finish of the cob walls and maximize the impact of the few remaining original timbers without detriment to the fragile mud structure; the seemingly impossible combination of an installation in keeping with a rural cow shed with the wow factor of modern design.
I love curves so wanted a helical staircase and for the sweep of the stairs to give a feeling of movement to an otherwise square building.
As a cabinetmaker using native hard woods the quality of the carpentry involved and the choice and figure of the wood was very important to me.
I built scale models, drew plans, and visited joiners, builders and forges, but couldn’t find anyone capable of constructing or even voicing what I had in mind. After many months of searching the internet I found a picture of a helical staircase I liked with a link to the BISCA website. On perusing their online gallery I was impressed by the quality and individuality of each installation, and the obvious appreciation BISCA had of the characteristics of the buildings and their occupants, allowing them to either blend their stairs in with the background or to make them an eye-catching feature.
Most of the online examples appeared to be commercial properties or stately homes, but there were a few barn conversions featured, albeit much larger than our own project. Undeterred I sent off an exploratory email and found BISCA were very willing to help. We were soon supplied with a personalised portfolio of ideas and examples, along with information about costs and timescales. BISCA’s experience meant that this preliminary information was remarkably close to the final outcome, and as the project progressed every aspect was undertaken with courtesy and precision.
I have high standards and very definite ideas of what I wanted, so when we were presented with the preliminary plans and drawings I was amazed to find myself loving every single aspect of them. Richard had understood my vision; he stood for some time in a dark, filthy cowshed and absorbed the feel and potential of the space. He dwelt on the characteristics of a beam that bounded the stairwell area and made its natural curve the starting point of his design. This crooked old beam, full of woodworm, studded with rusty ironwork and with patches of bark still adherent after hundreds of years, is now at the heart of a stunning helical staircase built from huge chunks of characterful English oak adorned with hand forged iron; the sympathetic juxtaposition of old and new is to our minds perfect.
THANK YOU BISCA”
Mrs RD, Devon
“Looking fantastic - everybody is commenting on it, well done and thank you!”
Mr JS, Berkshire
“Richard, Just a quick note to say that the staircase, all be it in its raw metal state, looks truly amazing! I walked up and down it for the first time yesterday and it felt just great. I loved the feeling of the stairs from ground floor up to mezz, does it make sense when I say it felt a lovely movement up and onto the mezz?!
A neighbour recently said of our house it's been ugly but it's now like a butterfly emerging....I think the stairs are the same!”
Mrs MN, Berkshire
“Its been a pleasure - thankyou we love it.
Fantastic guys and fantastic service.”
Ms A, Cheshire
“We have been extremely impressed by your Company’s professionalism.
It’s always a bit disconcerting when you engage someone that you have never used before and don’t even have any references for. But I may say that you and your team have surpassed all our expectations on all levels from presentation to design, construction and installation. It’s been a pleasure for us to have worked with Bisca at all stages.
Keep up the great work!”
Mr G, Glasgow
“A truly professional job by a team clearly dedicated to what they are about. Love the staircase - thank you so much”
Mrs M, Aberdeenshire