Georgian staircase restorations and additions.

Project overview.

This is a Georgian property, the ground to second floor flight are of stone cantilevered construction with metal balustrade, second to fifth floor flights are of timber construction with newel posts at each change of direction.

The project involves restoring the ground to first floor flight and then blending in the top three floors in a manner that will suit the period of the property.

The project has already been started so we will continue from the stage the project is at.

Initial survey and findings.

Ground to first floor flight.

This flight is covered and protected so only a limited description is currently available.

The ground to first floor staircase is a cantilevered stone flight, this is a new flight as the original had fallen into disrepair and was not possible to be saved, the new flight is a replica of the original flight.

The original handrail and metalwork have been removed for reinstatement.

The metalwork has been cleaned ready for refinishing,

The handrail has been stored ready for stripping back, repairing and refitting.

The new stone staircase has been fitted and is provisionally marked out for the balusters sockets to be cut in.

Ground to first floor handrail component.
ground to first floor handrail

First floor landing.

The first floor landing nosing is a combination of the original flight and the new ground to first floor flight.

The start of the nosing being a new top nosing while the rest of the landing is the original nosing.

The new part has not yet had the sockets set in for the balustrade while the nosing leading to the second flight has the original sockets already set in.

New stone nosing.
New stone nosing.

First to second floor flight.

The first to second floor flight is an original flight, the original metal balustrade and timber handrail are still in situ.

On the exposed sections of the handrail, there is damage visible to the bottom of the profile.

The handrail appears to have been carved and molded in place, this is due to the way the sections of the handrail have been joined through the 3D turns, with splice joints rather than a square cut, butted joint.

The metalwork is painted and still requires stripping back ready for a fresh finish to be applied.

Handrail damage and splice joint.
Handrail damage and splice joint.

Second floor landing.

The second floor landing is comprised of the original top nosing from the stone flight and a ply covered area, the landing layout has been altered; this is evident by the molding of the top tread.

The design to the layout of the landing has not been properly considered and thus the ply covering butts into the top nosing and overhangs the landing fascia.

Second floor landing.
Second floor landing.

Second to fourth floor flights.

On initial inspection these appear to be a cast concrete staircases that have been clad to give the appearance of a timber flight.

This is partly due to the positioning of the newel posts and the way the stringers are connected at the corners, e.g. the top of the stringers do not come to level before overlapping, this will not allow for any moldings to be added.

There has been no consideration taken into account for how the stringers transition into the skirtings.

Concrete risers can be seen at the quarter space landings and the stringers appear to extend below the timber stringers.

The landings have have the ply projecting over the landing fascia as at 2nd floor.

3rd floor quarter space landing.
3rd floor quarter space landing.

Fourth floor landing.

The fourth floor landing comprises of the top newel from the third to fourth floor flight, with a glass panel set behind it into the landing area.

The ply flooring runs out beyond the landing fascia,