A 16th Century building in Suffolk has been given a contemporary twist thanks to a stunning cast aluminium spiral staircase created by British Spirals & Castings.
The Grade II listed property had already seen a good deal of change in its lifespan, originally being used as a dairy range and a brew house, before work began to convert the building into a dwelling. After the project stalled under the previous owners, Peter and Christine Rodgers took on the oak-framed wattle and daub farm service building and transformed it into the home it is today.
Peter Rodgers commented, “To give ourselves a little more room, we wanted to build a new two storey extension, however, the layout of the old building made it difficult to create access to the new first storey bedroom from the adjoining rooms. We therefore decided to install a spiral staircase from the new living room directly below. This saved a lot of space compared with a straight option and also provides a dramatic design feature.”
“We initially visited a number of specialist showrooms which showed examples of mainly Italian made staircases but we were unhappy with the design and quality of the models. We then started to look for UK suppliers, and that’s when we came across British Spirals & Castings. Having noticed that all their staircases are designed and manufactured here in the UK, we visited their showroom for a consultation and from there our staircase was born!”
British Spirals & Castings Managing Director, Richard Harding said ‘We were more than happy to take the Rogers around our showroom and workshop in Chapel-en-le-Frith to help them to get a feel of the type of staircase they wanted, and to also discuss design preferences so we could create a staircase truly tailored to them. As the bedroom has a sloping roof, we also carefully designed the staircase to ensure there was sufficient headroom to comply with the Building Regulations.”
The couple opted for a white coloured cast aluminium spiral staircase from the modern art deco range, providing a simple yet stylish finish which beautifully compliments its surroundings. Typically these staircases will have plain round or square balusters, but other balusters options can also be used.
British Spirals & Castings have been designing and manufacturing bespoke spiral stairs, straight staircases and balconies since 1980; all hand crafted here in the UK to each customers requirements.