I-Build | Aug 20 | Stairs & Balustrades

I-build included one of our staircases in their Stairs and Balustrades feature for the August edition.

The project is also the subject of a before and after in our gallery.

The old staircase and balustrade in a listed barn conversion was of white painted timber. There were issues with head height and its position in relation to the front door.

Angular and clunky in shape, the staircase created its own visual noise when viewed against the wall to wall bookshelves and ancient oak beams. The white timber spindles on the bridge were both a physical and visual barrier.

In a building filled with ancient oak beams, ash may seem like an odd choice of material for our designers to suggest. However, the overall effect calms the room and was part of our design intent.

The new layout is a sweeping staircase, with a curved top landing, transitioning the balustrade onto landing edges.

The balustrade on the staircase and first floor is of forged and tapered stainless steel uprights. The uprights have a gentle curve outwards at the top, further enhancing staircase curves. At the head of the stairs the uprights give way to glass balustrade for the bridge. For more information please see project 6135 in our gallery.

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