The Coach House

Our groundbreaking spindle staircase design truly steals the show in London.

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Project Overview

"Glass would have been nice... but everybody has glass nowadays"

At First Step Designs, glass is at the heart of 80% of our projects. We've been advocating for the 'spindle revolution' for a while now, and the O'Brien family entrusted us with the chance to craft something extraordinary for their renovation. The result is a steel-framed staircase featuring custom timber details that now serves as the centerpiece of their entire home.


10mm Mild Steel


Steel design


50mm Oak Spindles


Steel plate


Wrap around landing detail

Watch a complete bespoke staircase design and build

Creating a timber structure without the need for intrusive support work.

Incorporating a timber structure into a metal staircase presents the challenge of reinforcing the timber without resorting to unsightly supports. To address this, we integrated a slimline steel structure that also serves as a handrail, capping all timber spindles to harmonize with the primary steel framework.


The Challenge

An open void bridge is frequently overlooked for its untapped potential.

While many homes have a bridge link connecting different parts of the property designed to blend in, The Coach House took a different approach. We turned it into a true focal point by covering it with powder-coated steel, painting the ceiling section, and encasing the timber spindles underneath, creating a consistent pattern and design flow. A real talking point for the property.


The Solution

Mr O'Brien

Words from the client

"Adam gave valuable input re design choices and was transparent about the cost implications at every point. The entire process was professional from start to finish and we would not hesitate to recommend First Step Designs to anyone looking to commission a high quality staircase."

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