Glass & Oak Staircase
Browsing through various interiors magazines, Miriam Daniels realised how she wanted the staircase in her 1970’s Harrogate property to ideally look – contemporary –made from glass and oak!
She had been wanting to update the once fashionable ‘1970’s painted softwood staircase, with its quarter landing and 2 steps leading to the main landing, for a while and after searching the internet for ‘oak staircase’, Miriam found Oak by Design and called into the showroom to discuss her requirements for an oak staircase. After discussing the various design options and looking at the variety of finishes available we arranged a visit to Miriam’s home.
After the site visit it was agreed we would cover over the existing treads and risers in oak, make oak ‘sleeves’ to cover the newel posts, cap the tops of these, replace the handrails, install glass between the hand and base rails, and sand and seal the existing oak 3 strip flooring in the hallway.
Miriam chose 10mm, toughened, Pilkington ‘Optiwhite’ glass to complement the oak staircase. This is a low iron, extra clear glass with a very high light transmission. It is practically colourless and the green cast inherent in other glass is not present in this.
The rhomboid glass panels on the oak staircase and the rectangular ones along the landing were installed with 50mm spaces between them. Building regulations stipulate the maximum space to be 100mm for safety reasons.
The oak staircase and the oak strip flooring (after sanding) were then finished with Osmo Clear oil. This provides a hardwearing, natural looking finish.
The finished glass and oak staircase is now unrecognizable from the white painted one Miriam had a few months prior to the re-fit. She is thrilled with her contemporary glass and oak staircase which has created the required ‘Wow Factor’ Miriam had envisaged a few months before whilst browsing the interiors magazines.