Inline Glass and Oak Staircase Renovation
Project: Haywood Drive
As soon as we had the inquiry from the perfectly named Bannister family from Wolverhampton, we knew the project would be ours. After their mortgage was over, they chose to renovate throughout their home to get the finish that they had always wanted.
The original staircase was a traditional cut string, with ranch balustrading that went out of fashion decades ago. These are challenging styles to renovate, but not impossible as you can see from the final finish. To modernise this, we converted the staircase to a more contemporary ‘closed string’ staircase to allow parallelogram shapes of glass on the staircase. This allows minimal details for a much more elegant finish to the space.
Choosing materials is always a tough decision, but to lighten up the hallway the Bannister family had their hearts set on oak flooring throughout the downstairs, so it was clear we needed to match this finish throughout the staircase. This included full replacement solid oak newel posts (some builders only replace the top sections), new oak hand and base rails machined to take the In-Line glass panels and complete string cladding (the sides of the staircase).
Finally, to create the perfect transition between the downstairs flooring and the staircase, we added a replacement bottom step so the journey from flooring to carpet is less obvious and this opens up the staircase to be approached from other directions. But more importantly, on curved bottom steps carpet wears very quick, this anti-slip solution gives that final finesse to the staircase renovation.