Yet again First Step Designs process of staircase renovation proves to be perfection. Using innovated methods and technology Mr and Mrs Cooper were able to achieve a beautiful transformation to their entrance hallway and landing area. This article shares their journey with First Step Designs, A Bright Idea.
Mr & Mrs Cooper heard about First Step Designs from a friend and wanted us to pay them a visit instantly. Our designer first wanted to understand exactly what the Coopers wanted from a staircase renovation before the visit, this included the Cooper’s sending photographs of their existing staircase. It became clear that lit staircase with glass was the goal, we here at First Step offer a variety of lighting accessories for both new and renovated staircases and we understand that lighting design is a unique way to enhance any interior. From here, a design brief was born!
Our designer went to meet the Cooper’s with a complete set of samples to explain the renovation process and decide upon an exact specification in detail. This sometimes does not change from the initial phone conversation, but after seeing our substantial range of products some clients have a change of heart and choose alternative options.
When a client has an idea of what they want from their staircase renovation, our designers/surveyors will prepare some CGI visuals ready for the consultation. This is a service that no other company offers for a staircase renovations. We want our clients to be 100% sure of their chosen design and what better representation that a realistic visual!
Once a variety of visuals and the price of the staircase renovation were presented, the Cooper’s were very happy with their First Step Design consultation experience. The only change they wished to make was to have the glass embedded within the hand and base rail as opposed to fixed upon steel brackets. Other than that, the consultation was a pleasant experience for all involved and the contract was signed within 48 hours of the first phone call!
The same designer then conducted the survey, booked the installation team, ordered the materials and was on site the morning of the installation to introduce the fitters! With First Step Designs we offer a more personal experience, there are no administration processes and no weaving in and out of different departments. Your first point of contact is also your last, the assigned designer will project manage every aspect of the job and ensure customer satisfaction from day one!
We decided on string lighting for this particular job, all wires are fully hidden within the renovation and can be linked to an ordinary light switch for ease of use. The ‘cool white’ colour of our string lights give a clean bright finish to any staircase and when installed on every tread like this, they look breathtaking at night or day time.
We even replaced the understair door to match the staircase 🙂
Embedded glass balustrades is currently our most popular choice. Extremely minimalist, with no fittings or fixing methods noticeable throughout the renovation. We also offer a range of different handrails to compliment all of our designs, ranging from high in comfort to a sheer contemporary aesthetics.
This is an almost a complete renovation, everything apart from the treads and risers were made to look like solid oak. This includes all string cladding (sides of the staircase), replacement or cladded newel posts, oak apron and we even replaced the door, skirting boards and shelf to ensure every aspect of the home surrounding the staircase matched!
Every staircase is different, so pricing will always vary to as no staircase is exactly the same. But for indication of our pricing we always share our prices with the public, the cost for this beautiful renovation came £6,990+VAT
The renovation lasted 4 days to complete to an exceptional standard. The client is now more than happy to be advocate of First Step Designs. Mr Cooper left this review once the job was complete:
“FABULOUS JOB- Attention to detail was above and beyond – Nothing too much trouble for the fitters, would recommend without hesitation” Mr Cooper July 2015
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