This model is called the WF Staircase, which means without stringer. The stair only has a stringer against with the wall with the open side left free, with treads floating in mid-air. This creates a stunning open, cantilevered feel to the flight, making it a very popular choice for renovations and new builds where the passage of light is important.
It works with the specially made deep handrail on the open side of the stair, and this actually acts as the ‘stringer’ with the steel spindles screwing up into this – thus transferring the load from the treads. This handrail is bolted to newel posts on the lower and upper levels spreading the load.
Despite the appearance, the stair is extremely solid and robust and can be manufactured in a variety of configurations. For stability, the system has to be manufactured in hardwood and the spindles are generally brushed or polished stainless steel, although they can also be powder coated or have a timber surround.
Many customers choose to have the wall stringer supplied in white so it can be painted on site to blend in with the wall, further emphasising the cantilevered effect. With the half turn and quarter turn staircases, there is an option of having a curved corner handrail, which adds a beautiful swooping feel to the flight and is featured on many of our projects.
The Model 71 Spiral Staircase is one of our most popular spiral staircases. It is a custom made spiral so is each model created is unique – made to a specific floor to floor height and diameter to suit its eventual home. The large number materials and finishes available means it can be adapted to match customer requirements as a feature spiral staircase. It is exceptionally strong and robust and visually stunning with it’s cantilevered timber treads. Suitable for all internal domestic applications and some smaller commercial projects.
Being custom made, each model is plotted carefully to ensure the spiral has the correct entry and exit point. It is vital to ensure that the position of the first step and the platform above work in with the surroundings and the flow of ‘traffic’ from one floor to the next. This can be different for each spiral and is considered and addressed at the drawing stage. Production takes around 8-9 weeks from drawing approval.
Each spiral stair comes complete with a top platform which is set level with the upper floor. Matching landing balustrade is often supplied to protect the opening in the floor which is designed to the precise length or curve required.
The spiral stair is formed by a series of interlocking barrels and treads which slot over the centre column. These wooden treads cantilever directly out from the centre column creating a very light and open feel.