So where were we?
That’s right, we were here. Awaiting new carpets, a banister and handrail.
I did not want a banister or a handrail. But the building inspector does. And I guess it’s not that realistic to keep it like this forever. Even though is looks so purty.
After mulling over several ideas (metal, glass, A.N. Other, you can check out all of my ideas here on Pinterest) we stuck with what we knew and also what we liked best.
Not just any old timber though. Two 24mm sheets of birch ply laminated to form a 48mm depth board and then ripped into cross sections. These lengths
would become our “spindles”.
We fixed a timber baton to the ceiling to make sure the top of the spindle, once screwed in, aligned itself vertically so the bottom of the spindle attached perfectly to the side of the staircase stringer.
The baton was filled and sanded back several times, then caulked and painted over in emulsion to make it appear part of the plastered ceiling. In fact you can’t really see it in the next photo, but that’s what Chris my lovely joiner is screwing the top of the spindles into.
All of the fixings were countersunk so we can fill, sand and paint the facings of the spindles white in due course.
So from this view, you won’t see any screw holes. It will all appear white.
But from this view, you will get to see all the beautiful lamination in the ply. Just like you can in the stair treads.
The spindles were fixed 95mm apart in order to comply with building regs. Apparently if you can get a 100mm sphere through a gap, it’s considered dangerous. You might fall through or your child might get their head stuck or something. Which is ridiculous, as Charlie has a massive head, just like his dad.
We’ve still got a few bits to sort and a handrail to fit, but we’re getting there. If anyone would like to read more about the stairs by the way, click over here.
Here’s how the spindles look at the top fixed onto the baton.
They’ve been fixed so they sit slightly higher than the baton as I want to use this as a picture ledge for artwork, post cards and the like. Should be a pretty cool feature as you come up the stairs.
And a couple of pics from the stairs below.
Looks pretty cool doesn’t it?
So what do you think peeps? Do you like? We’re really happy with it, will be even more so when we’ve painted two faces white.
Wish us luck in finally getting our build signed off peeps. I’d better get practising my best smile for the building inspector hadn’t I.