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
- the 'Rise' which is the measurement from floor to floor
- the overall width including newel posts
- the 'going' which is classed as the distance travelled.
Basically the horizontal measurment.
- Other design choices such as material and spindle style
Baluster/Spindle - the vertical member, plain or decorative,
that acts as the infill between the handrail and baserail
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
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
Newel - accommodates the strings, handrails and treads/risers
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
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
Winders - are radiating steps narrower at one end that are
used to change the direction of a stairs through 90° or
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.
Glass, Newel and the handrails now installed.
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.
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.
Old Oak beams were transformed into this unique staircase....simple
A recent double kite winder stair installation of a old cabinet
makers wood store very old seasoned timber with lots of figure.
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