HANDRAILS & BALUSTRADE INFILLS
The modern take on balustrade design has a heavy emphasis on the passage of light. Therefore, lots of glass and no bulky newel posts. The strength of steel structure supports under the stairs have enabled balustrade design to lose the conventional framed structure and appear much lighter. Glass panels are often bolted directly in the steps or the steel structure then topped with a handrail. Steel tubular or shaped spindles can be used in a powder coated or stainless-steel finish or the balustrade could be formed with a solid stud wall and painted. Horizontal rails running up the staircase diagonally look fantastic and artistic but beware their compliance with building regulations. Some councils view them as posing a climbing risk and will not permit them.
Handrails can be supplied in all shapes and sizes with timber, stainless steel and powder coated steel very popular. Some bespoke manufactures will be able to offer brass or leather handrails for an indulgent feel.
The range of modern staircases on the market is staggering and seems far removed from the standard carpeted MDF flight of yesteryear. Modern manufacturing techniques and materials have led to lighter structures and more visually attractive sculptures offering a stylish ascent to the next level.