Here at First Step we value transparency and honesty. We are so confident in the quality of our work that price is never an issue, choosing to be clear with our clients from the start. We discuss what kind of style our clients like and encourage the client to share any design inspiration they have with us, confident that we can achieve any style. We then ask for photos of your existing staircase for a renovation, or potential plans and drawings of the site if it is a new build staircase. From here we can produce an accurate quotation and CGI visual of what your staircase will look like!
We get many enquiries throughout the week and have shared some here to give potential clients a better idea of what to expect. As always our quotes and visuals are free of charge with no obligation, giving you pressure free browsing time. If you choose to go ahead, GREAT! If not, no problem. We will wish you well with your new staircase project.
Mrs Kearns of Manchester knew that she wanted a glass balustrade for her staircase as her existing boxed-in style was restricting natural light into her entrance hall. Having created solutions for this problem before, First Step were able to adapt the style she wanted to suit her existing interior, causing minimal damage. A fresh white finish to the wood was chosen to complement the contemporary glass balustrade, opening up the space and letting maximum light flow through.
Of our wide range of timbers and finishes painted Tulipwood is definitely one of the most popular choices. When creating a painted design we always use Tulipwood for its hard wearing qualities and smooth grain, leaving a perfect finish.
Due to the design of her existing staircase Mrs Kearns wasn’t able to utilise the space underneath, meaning that clutter would form around the bottom of the staircase, taking up valuable floor space. With the addition of an under-stair cupboard this could all be hidden behind a push-catch door, creating a minimalist look that is practical for this client’s needs. All clutter is now neatly hidden away and the entrance hall is left feeling light and spacious.
These visuals and the quotation were sent to Mrs K within 24 hours of her enquiry starting, she was assigned a designer who followed through to produce the drawings/quotation, assisted in technical advice and provided a very competitive quote that was able to seal the deal. The same designer then conducted the survey and will project manage every aspect of the job!
This staircase renovation included, replacement newel posts, glass balustrade and understair storage all for the competitive value of:
Mrs Kearns visuals and quotation were sent to her within 24 hours of the initial enquiry. As Mrs Kearns had some questions the designer who produced the visuals was able to assist, giving technical advice and explaining the renovation process. the assigned designer then conducted the survey and will project manage every aspect of the job.
This staircase renovation included, replacement newel posts, installation of a glass balustrade and understair storage, all for the competitive price of:
Mr & Mrs Holmes
We often get clients who know that they want (no need!) to replace their staircase, but don’t know what style they want. This was the case for Mr & Mrs Holmes who wanted a change for their hallway. Following an initial chat, the First Step Designs team were able to draw up two options and quotations showing both glass and timber to aid their decision. But also showed the potential of a staircase renovation with our cladding techniques and a replacement first step.
As Oak is a premium timber the price between spindles and glass does not vary much, so the decision came down to design. Mr & Mrs Holmes liked the idea of cladding their staircase and creating a feature step so much that they decided to go for the spindles, creating a stunning wood feature that gives the illusion of a solid Oak staircase without having to remove and replace the existing flight.
Many people are against having solid wood treads and risers in fear that they would be slippy, opting for carpet as a safe option. First step are able to finish treads with an anti-slip polish, giving our client more design options without compromise. We oversize feature steps to ensure that there is no join mark, avoiding our clients having to re-floor their hallway.
This staircase renovation included, replacement newel posts, timber and glass balustrade, all strings to be clad in Oak and a replacement first step all for the competitive price of
Oak Balustrade £3,558 +VAT
Their glass option came in at:
Bracketed Glass Balustrade £3,832 +VAT
The Khan Family
The Khan family were well informed on how staircase renovation works, but did not want the hassle of finding a good supplier, employing a qualified surveyor, ordering components and employing a fitter and finally hiring a decorator to finish the project. Instead they chose to contact First Step as we are able to complete every stage of the process.
Mr & Mrs Khan wanted a bespoke glass balustrade, one of First Step Designs specialties, and were very happy with what we came up with.
The Kahn family wanted to keep white strings, so they chose to paint these themselves and we were to replace the full balustrades with our American White Oak posts and balustrade.For the balustrade we used 10mm toughened and polished glass, bracketed to the handrail and finishing off with brushed steel newel caps to set a modern tone for the rest of the interior.
This staircase renovation included, replacement newel posts, bracketed glass spindles and the landing renovation. All of which came to: