The stairs might not seem all that important. However, they must fit into the home just like other elements such as windows and doors. We are talking about this in terms of design as well as size. We are a company that knows what it is doing though. No one understands timber staircases quite like we do, so you can come to us for a great product.
Building regulations come into play when working with staircases. These are the minimum compulsory standards you need to meet. If you fail to do this the property will be unsafe and you may find you cannot sell it in the future.
The regulations have a massive role in the layout and design of regular timber staircases. There are a number of design documents you need to look at. They dictate things like the performance needs.
The ability to place the building regulations is with the regional governments in the UK. Every one of them has their own compliance guide. As a result, while your design may be acceptable in one location, it may not comply in another one. You need to check with your local authority to find out what they require.
Performance details of stair design have an influence on the overall layout. These details include accessibility for each user, fire safety, and protection from falling. All the relevant information exists in the separate guidance papers.
In addition to the regulations, it is also vital to know about staircase classification. Manufacturers and designers of timber staircases must be privy to certain differences. These are the ones in loading requirements, material specification, and design. This is to guarantee that their product is fit for purpose and secure.
In addition, every manufacturer has to comply with the regulations we spoke of above. Moreover, distinct stair classifications affect the loading demands. The stairs must endure these whilst in use.
Designing bespoke timber staircases
At Wood and Wisdom, we have had the honour to commission a myriad of staircases. Examples include spiral and traditional models in timber as well as steel and glass. We even know our fair share about balustrades and handrails.
If you would like to contact us about your own stairs, please get in touch. We are always happy to chat about what we can do for you.