Staircase Renovation

A Project In Staircase Renovation

This staircase renovation project encompassed the replacement of newel posts, spindles and banister handrails.  All the old banister handrails, newel posts and spindles had to be removed to allow for a complete staircase renovation to take place.

Our main focus at Real Room Designs is usually associated with creating more storage space in rooms of all sizes, both small and large.  Typically, we install cabin beds in small box bedrooms, cupboards and storage under eaves and under stairs – the list goes on….  Occasionally we get customers asking us whether we do other specialised projects such as laminate flooring and staircase renovation work. This is often the case when we are round delivering a quote for a bedroom or a kitchen.

This case was no different. Mr & Mrs H are having their kitchen project done by us at Real Room Designs.  However, before we do that job they wanted new banister handrails, newel posts, spindles & base rails fitting to replace their old tired looking ones.  Mrs H particularly wanted a solid oak finish with cast iron spindles and as we all know what the Lady of the house wants…..you know the rest.

Banisters Newel Posts Spindles – Here We Come!

The first thing to do was to remove the old banister, newel posts and spindles.  Then it was a case of setting up all of the four newel posts (3 full newel posts and 1 half newel post) ensuring they were each at the correct height to take the spindles. Then once the newel posts were in place we moved onto the top landing area and started to work our way down the staircase.

The landing area at the top of the staircase was fairly straight forward since there were no angles to cut.  There was only the need to set the height correctly to match the new spindles. However, the tricky bit was when we turned the corner to come down the first two steps to the small landing area at the top of the main block of stairs. As you can imagine it took a little bit more of a thought process to get it just right. Once the correct angle was sorted out and confirmed it then became just as straight forward as before. The base and banister handrail were put in place then the spindles just slide in afterwards and were secured at both top and bottom. We then repeated this process down the main block of the staircase.

We alternated the spindles with one full baskets followed by one straight spiral and so on. Overall this job took us 5 days from start to finish.  A shining example of the versatility of the boys at Real Room Designs.  We don’t just work in kitchens and bedrooms.  As you will see from the images the staircase renovation project was a success.

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Replacement Of Banisters And Spindles

Case Study – Replacement Of Banisters And Spindles Using Metal Spindles And Other Tasks

Mrs G of Preston called us in to undertake a number of jobs including the replacement of banisters and spindles on her stairs. Additionally we were asked to hang two doors, fit a pair of French doors leading to an extension and install laminate flooring in an entrance of her house. So, I’m sure you can get a flavour of the variety of tasks we were charged with!

Firstly we took up the old laminate flooring and also the skirting boards. This gave us a clean and open space to start our laying of the laminate floor. We put down the underlay which fitted perfectly and was a necessary requirement as a solid foundation for the installation of the flooring that was to follow. The flooring that the customer had chosen was the Concertino Kolberg oak effect that we supplied and delivered. The laying of the laminate flooring took a full day. We had two door casing to cut out and also the base of the staircase which is a time consuming process if you want to do the job properly.

The next morning we turned up to Preston early to get a full day’s work in to complete as much of the task as possible. As there was 3 of us on site we all took a door each which needed fitting to size. This involved plaining the door both top and bottom so as to get the fit exactly right. We were then able to rebate the hinges on the doors. The doors were then hung and fitted perfectly. Finally the latches and handles were fitted and the doors were ready to be used.

At Last We Get To The Banisters And Spindles

 

 

We saved the biggest job till last which was the removing the old banisters and spindles so is was ready for a new modern look with metal spindles. After removing the old banister we had to sand down all of the existing newels and bases as the customer wanted them to be stained. We then measured out for the banister and cut it to the correct length. We also had to cut to the correct angles so it would sit correctly. We then measure the distances for the spindles, cut them all individually and fixed them evenly up the stairs. The customer was very happy with all the work that we had completed for her, but was over the moon with the transformation of her staircase giving the entrance to the house a massive facelift. The replacement of banisters and spindles really gave the entrance hallway to her house a new modern feel. Another very happy customer.

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Installing Laminate Flooring On Stairs

The Challenge Is – Installing Laminate Flooring On Stairs!

In this case study we will highlight the skills and craftsmanship needed for installing laminate flooring on stairs and throughout the house. The project included laying laminate flooring upstairs and downstairs in the house. However the real technical skills come into play when installing laminate flooring on stairs.

Back in January 2015 Mr & Mrs B form Golborne asked us to do a full kitchen refurbishment. This involved changing the units and replacing an old worktop. This job was undertaken successfully and completed to a very high standard, much to the approval of Mr and Mrs B. They came back to us a couple of weeks ago after appreciating our wide skill sets, professionalism and levels of craftsmanship. They had a new project for us….

Actually they wanted laminate flooring installing throughout the house, both upstairs and downstairs. A pretty big job! Within their remit they even asked us to laminate the stairs. Now, we all know this isn’t an easy job. But at Real Room Designs we accepted the challenge as if ‘it was just another day at the office’ as they say.

We started the job by removing all the existing laminate flooring and skirting boards. We achieved this with minimal mess or disruption. We had a skip delivered on site to make disposal of waste easy and efficient. It was soon time to get the underlay down for the laminate flooring to sit on. We evenly laid all of the underlay, making sure it was level and with no gaps as this would make the floor feel spongy in some areas. We started laying the Bandura Bologna oak effect laminate upstairs throughout the bedrooms and onto the landing area.  We carefully cut the laminate to fit round the door casings and also around the newel posts for the stairs.

Next we moved downstairs where they wanted the hall, downstairs cloakroom, living room and also the conservatory laying with the same laminate flooring. The downstairs was a little more difficult as we had a toilet to cut round in the cloakroom and also a number of pipes and radiators to accommodate. After successfully laying the floors we replaced all the skirting boards with new 5 inch Taurus skirting board, where we also had to box in around the pipes.

Laminating The Stairs

The final task was to laminate the stairs, this was completed by measuring each step and cutting the laminate to size and fitting a bullnose to each one to hold the laminate flooring in place. This was then finished with colour match grip strips to stop slipping on the stairs.

So the job of installing laminate flooring was completed to the satisfaction of our clients. We were able to show that no matter how tricky it was installing laminate flooring on stairs, the Real Room Designs ‘boys’ proved more than up to the challenge.

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Under Stairs Storage Solutions

Some Fine Examples Of Under Stairs Storage And Other Simple Storage Solutions

 

This post explores the opportunities for turning wasted or dead space into useful storage capacity. Initially we examine the under stairs storage solution for our customer Mr S from Hoylake.  We will also take a quick look at other storage solutions we were able to resolve for Mr S.

The property is a Victorian 3 storey house with many original period features.  The preservation of the Victorian authenticity of the property is paramount in our actions. We have already completed a number of significant projects for Mr S from replacing old dining room cupboard doors to providing under eaves storage solutions.  Added to that we were instrumental in renovating newel posts, spindles and banisters throughout the property.

Under Stairs Before We Get Started!

Under Stairs Before We Get Started!

 

Mr. S came to us with an under stairs space that he wanted fitting with bespoke furniture all made to measure.  Essentially he wanted the empty space under the stairs fitted out with cupboards so he could store any number of things in an organised and tidy fashion.

Finished Under Stairs Storage Solution

Finished Under Stairs Storage Solution

 

Here at Real Room Designs we pride ourselves with the ability to accommodated the aspirations of our customers. We got an understanding of the customers exact needs and fitted three angled wardrobes with Victorian styled doors to match the doors throughout the rest of the house.  In addition we were able to configure these cupboards so they could be pulled out to make access to the contents so much easier. The images show the finished under stairs storage solutions both closed and flush with the stairs and pulled out to display the contents.

Under Stairs Storage With Easy Access

Under Stairs Storage With Easy Access

Also we fitted two large drawers for storing shoes and other small objects as well as other storage solutions. Take a look at the series of images:

Shoe Storage At The Foot Of The Stairs

Shoe Storage At The Foot Of The Stairs

New Meter Cupboard With Open Shelves Above

New Meter Cupboard With Open Shelves Above

So there we have it!  Loads of storage solutions concentrating on the under stairs storage solutions.  If you think we can do the same for you the just fill out your details on the Contact Us form.

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Replacing Spindles And Banisters

A Case Study In Replacing Spindles And Banisters In A 3 Storey Victorian House

 

The task ahead was to replace spindles and banisters for our customer Mr S in Hoylake.  He is the proud owner of a Victorian 3 storey house and with the original spindles, newel post and bannister on the top floor.

Panelling To Be Replaced With Spindles & Banister

Panelling To Be Replaced With Spindles & Banister

 

The staircase from the 1st floor landing to the top floor has unfortunately been panelled in by previous owners of the property – who knows when or indeed why?  As a result the original spindles and bannister has been lost or destroyed.  The result has been to give this part of the staircase a look that is not in keeping with the age and appearance of this magnificent Victorian property.  Additionally it has contributed to a reduction in the natural light available to the staircase by the application of the panelling.

Replacing Spindles & Banister At The Foot Of The Stairs

Replacing Spindles & Banister At The Foot Of The Stairs

Definitely a job for the boys at Real Room Designs.  Our brief was to take out all the horrendous panelling. This done we then set about replacing spindles and banisters and anything else that was needed with quality products completely in sympathy with the age and style of the house.

1st Floor Landing Opened Up With Replacement Spindles & Banister

1st Floor Landing Opened Up With Replacement Spindles & Banister

At Real Room Designs we have a supply chain that allows us to offer new but authentic products to match the specific period requirements of this Victorian home.

Stairs To The 2nd Floor Opened Up By Replacing Spindles, Banister & Newel Post

Stairs To The 2nd Floor Opened Up By Replacing Spindles, Banister & Newel Post

The old panelling served to cut out light and cause the staircase to look dark and dingy. Why would anyone do that?  In opening up the staircase with replacement spindles and banister we were able to reconfigure the first floor landing and create a space with loads of light and an airy feel to it.

Replacement Spindles &  Banisters Offer A Totally New Aspect

Replacement Spindles & Banisters Offer A Totally New Aspect

As you can see from the series of images all the staircases look authentic and it has transformed the hall and landing areas. It is now in keeping with the Victorian feel of the property and by replacing spindles and banister we have brought this part of the house back to how it should be.

We have done a considerable amount of work for Mr S throughout his house. The scope and variation of work undertaken by Real Room Designs gives you a flavour of the types of projects we can accomplish. These include replacing old dining room cupboard doors as well as creating under eaves storage solutions and under stairs storage solutions.

 

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