Our clients bought a beautiful 19th century building with real character in a picturesque part of Scotland, it had once been a former home for trainee lighthouse keepers. The original stairwell has unusual twists and turns, rising over three floors in keeping with its original purpose; as a result, the stairwell felt dark and gloomy.
Our clients wanted to replace the dark wood handrail and tired spindles that were making the stairwell feel enclosed and create a lighter more contemporary space at the heart of their home.
Our clients were already in the middle of an extensive and comprehensive refurbishment programme when they met our designer. Builders were working inside the home and timescales for completion were very narrow. By keeping in touch with the clients at every stage of the process, producing millimetre-perfect CAD drawings for the glazing team, and working closely with the clients’ builder, we were able to complete a seamless installation in just over 48 hours.
A priority for our clients was to open up the stairwell; to give it a feeling of spaciousness and let natural light flood through their wonderful building. We opened the balustrade using toughened glass panels that maximise space and light in the stairwell. We coupled this contemporary design feature with high quality Natural Oak for the newel posts, newel caps and handrails – a beautiful, light-coloured and warm timber.
Cut to perfectly mirror the shape of the original wooden beams, the bespoke glass panels used in the design provide continuity and security across the full width of the landing.
From traditional timber and elegant glass to classic painted and contemporary steel, our huge range of styles can all be brought to life by our designers.