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Supplied to fit any opening. Please note we don't install anymore but supply ready to fit for an Artisan or can be supplied ready with DIY in mind.

Staircase design and installation of bespoke and very individual architectual pieces opening. Traditional skills in the form of hand cut jointing & featured doweling ect. We like to use old timber as it gives a warmth that can only be achieved with such lumber. As you can see we do like to make individual pieces to our designs but we are happy to make standard staircases to fit any opening.

The Staircase takes a lot of wear and Oak is the ideal material for any stair project. It is pretty but durable and comes in many different grain combinations from plain sawn to quarter sawn. Straight cut stringers or reed tha's no problem

What we need to plan your staircase

  1. the 'Rise' which is the measurement from floor to floor and
  2. the overall width including newel posts
  3. the 'going' which is classed as the distance travelled. Basically the horizontal measurment.
  4. Other design choices such as material and spindle style ect

Staircase glossary

Baluster/Spindle - the vertical member, plain or decorative, that acts as the infill between the handrail and baserail (or
tread if cut string).

Balustrading - the collective name for the complete assembly of handrails, baserails, newels, spindles and caps.

Bullnose Step - usually at the bottom of the stairs with one or both ends of the step having a quarter circle design.

Closed String - a string with the face housed/trenched to accommodate treads and risers so their profile cannot be seen.

Continuous Handrail - using straight lengths of handrail connected to handrail fittings and ramps, the handrail flows over the tops of newel turnings creating a continuous run of handrail.

Curtail Step - a decorative shaped step at the bottom of the stairs usually accommodating the volute and volute newel turning of the Continuous Handrail System.

Cut or Open String - a string with the upper edge cut away to the shape of the treads and risers so that their profile can be seen from the side.

Going - the going of a flight of stairs is the horizontal distance between the face of the first and last risers. The individual going of a step is measured from face of riser to face of riser and for domestic use should be a minimum of 220mm.

Newel - accommodates the strings, handrails and treads/risers of stairs.

Nosing - the edge of the tread projecting beyond the face of the riser and the face of a cut string.

Pitch - the angle between the pitch line and the horizontal.

Pitch Line - the notional line connecting the nosings of all treads in a flight of stairs.

Rake - the pitch of the stairs.

Rise - the rise of a flight is the vertical distance between the floors or landings connected by the flight. The individual rise is the vertical measurement from top of tread to top of tread.

Riser - the board that forms the face of the step. The maximum individual rise for domestic flights is 220mm.

Staircase - the entire structure relating to a stair, comprising steps, treads, risers, strings, balustrading, landings etc.

Stairway/Stairwell - the space/void provided for the stairs.

Step - the tread and riser combined.

String Margin - the distance between the top of the string and the pitch line measured at 90° to the pitch line.

Tread - the top or horizontal surface of a step.

Wall String - the string of a staircase fixed flush with a wall.

Winders - are radiating steps narrower at one end that are
used to change the direction of a stairs through 90° or 180°.

A Modern Staircase Commission

Two heavy duty Oak strings are offered to the wall and the first two Solid profile treads are installed with a air gap to provide the illusion of floating.

Note the machined slot in the top of the strings to facilitate the glass bannister.

tempered glass bannister

Glass, Newel and the handrails now installed.

laminated glass ballustrade

Not quite finished as waiting for the final two treads. Although not yet complete it feels like stone to walk on.

Chateau after some restoration to an existing staircase and new 'Greek Urn Bannisters' , newels and a oversized handrail designed by us to compliment the Ancient building.

compound agled stairs in france.

A traditional staircase with hand turned spindles and newel posts. This Oak stair was a complicated build due to the array of angles such as three wall angles plus the deflection between the two floors causing compound junctions between stair components. The end result stands testament to our abilities.

another organic staircase commission utilising a solid 300mm squared oak beem with treads slotted in. This is a very solid concept but not easy to achieve.

This remit was an organic process using the customers own timber gathering dust in a barn. Yes I created much more dust to produce which I can only best describe as 'functional art'. Many french and english are burning this old timber which is a crime.

The same again but very tactile finish and will be the talk of whoever sees these ballustrades.


bespoke stairs in France

Old Oak beams were transformed into this unique staircase....simple quality.

double kite winder i n oak

A recent double kite winder stair installation of a old cabinet makers wood store very old seasoned timber with lots of figure.

French staircases

The above stairs were created from old beams ripped down to sizes for the construction of this stair case. We also rehomed our customers crazy 'Wally Dog' who we love to bits.

Another Oak staircase with a dog leg landing

below stair picture is made from recycled and well seasoned timber a selection of old Oak boards and reclaimed chestnut wattles.

ballustrade square spindles old oak

kite, left acient oak, lots of figure


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