2. “Do you need to visit us and measure to give us a staircase quote?”
There are certain elements we need to know when pricing a staircase and we can provide an accurate quotation without visiting site. Of course architect drawings would help but essentially we need the following information.
1- The shape of the stair is important and whether is runs up against a wall or is free standing. Most common stair configurations are spiral, straight flight, quarter turn (1 x 90 degree turn) or half turn (2 x 90 degree turns). With quarter and half turn flights it doesn’t really matter where the actual turns take place on the stair for our pricing purposes, but would be useful to know if you intend to incorporate platforms or use winding treads.
2- For all models we need to know the floor to floor height – even if it is an approximation. This will give us enough information to calculate the number of steps and risers needed.
3- How wide would you like the stair to be? By default we would price at 900mm wide (3ft) but you can specify a smaller of larger width. For a spiral we would need to know the diameter you require or whether it will be a secondary or primary stair (which will tell us the diameter you need).
4- Then we need to know which model you like from our website – perhaps a couple of case studies caught you eye or perhaps some of the pictures in the gallery. Of course we can price as many as you like.
5- Next we would like to know the materials you would like to use. If timber would you like oak, beech, maple etc. Of course we often price many different alternatives if you are unsure.
The only elements that are perhaps not known is the quantity of landing balustrade required (if any) and which riser infill option you would like. Unless know or discussed these options would be priced as additional costs at the foot of the quotation.
The price of each made to measure stair is based on the shape, the model , the number of steps and the materials – it really is that simple.
You can find out more on how to get a quote for your staircase from a previous blog post of ours here.