Bisca’s staircases: before & after
Bespoke staircase specialists Bisca have recently completed three projects where they have dramatically transformed the whole appearance and atmosphere of a house by replacing the staircase. Take a look at these dramatic before and after shots…
Bisca was asked to re-design this awkward, angular concrete staircase for a prestigious new build in Harrogate. The staircase not only looked too mean and small for the space but had been cast so that it clipped the door entry. It was uncomfortable to use and any attempt to clad the bare concrete on the landings would have made both non compliant with building regulations. Bisca replaced it with an elegant semi-helix of English oak and hand forged, formed and textured steel that have added gravitas in keeping with the status of the building.
Bisca’s brief was to design a light and modern staircase to maximise the use of space in a farmhouse refurbishment in Gloucestershire. They were asked to include a galleried landing area and library as well as to replace an existing doorway with a feature window. The solution was a slim, elegant and visually lightweight staircase structure supporting oiled English oak treads. Glass balustrades are structurally rebated into the treads with a continuous oak handrail rising from ground floor and along the gallery. The structure itself is subtly conventional in appearance, whilst the glass balustrade is in keeping with the large window (also installed by Bisca) and retains the illusion of space.
Here, the brief was to design a staircase to open up the entrance area of a listed clock tower in Tyneside to form a more functional and useful access and replace the dated angular timber staircase. The solution was a slim, elegant and visually lightweight structure finished with a glass balustrade and a hand carved oak handrail. The structure suits the existing style of the property and the glass balustrade maximises light transfer from first floor down to ground floor giving an illusion of greater space.
Prices for Bisca staircases start at £22,000.
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