Going up – stairs, beautiful stairs

Stairs, beautiful stairs. It is soooo much easier than clambering up ladders. Both sets of stairs, internal and external were completed by the time I returned in early January.internal staircase against the feature block wall

The internal stairs hide a useful storage cupboard underneath. They contrast beautifully with the internal block feature wall (the feature wall was an unplanned, but happy occurrence once we all realised how nice the coloured concrete blocks looked on the inside – just too nice to cover up, it also provides a relief to the mostly white interior). With a large picture window at the head of the staircase it is nicely lit during the daytime. At night we may have to light the treads somehow, at the moment we are considering strips of LED lights placed under the small over hang of every third tread. With safety in mind we also need to look into routing a groove into the treads and installing a rubber or metal insert. The stairs will be finished off in a satin varnish to match the timber flooring currently being installed downstairs.

External stairs constructed from Kwila

The external stairs lead to my home office, which is separate to the house. While we used rough sawn timber for the external stair treads on the renovation home as this suited the style of that house, we settled on Kwila treads on the new build to match the decking and pond surround. The treads are a beautiful red colour and will be oiled once the building work has been completed. The handrail is also Kwila and will be infilled with stainless steel wire. A safety barrier, in Kwila, will be installed on the garage side of the stair. We will also install aluminium, anti slip nosings to each tread as these are exposed to the weather and can become slippery when wet.

We are hoping the build will be completed by the end of February. All the internal plastering and painting has been completed along with the majority of the tiling. The kitchen and vanities and other cabinetry are scheduled to go in next weekend. Once they are installed the plumber and tillers will return to finish off their respective duties around completing the kitchen and bathrooms. There is still external painting to be completed, electrical fix off, installation of glass balustrading and shower screens, wardrobe doors and internal shelving, sanding and sealing the timber floor and installation of carpets upstairs. Still seems a lot to get done but not impossible, just glad I’m not the person scheduling the trades.

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6 thoughts on “Going up – stairs, beautiful stairs

  • January 31, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I’ve never heard of Kwila – is that a type of wood?

    • February 3, 2016 at 8:03 am

      Yes also known as Merbu, you have to make sure it comes from a sustainable source though as it is an imported timber. Elsewhere we have tried to use sustainable Australian timbers, but Kwila was the best, long-lasting timber option for the deck.

    • February 3, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Thanks Meghan, yes it is a great contrast and will get better once the stairs are sealed and wall cleaned down.

  • January 24, 2017 at 7:47 pm


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