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New Artemis Colours 2018

New Artemis Colours 2018

New colours for the Artemis Spiral Staircase announced for 2018

Exciting new colours have been announced for the Artemis spiral staircase range, available from July 2018.

The original 4 wood colours, Natural Beech, Light Oak, Walnut and Wenge have been revamped to give a lighter feel and more natural finish, closer to the real wood colours. The standard colours are available on a fast 3 to 4 week turnaround. The two most popular finishes – natural beech and oak stain, are unchanged from before which is great news! The Walnut (Noce) and Wenge stains are lighter and more vibrant than their previous versions. All wood components are beautifully hand-finished as before, with the same attention to detail and quality the Artemis is renowned for.

Image showing the colour range for the Artemis spiral staircase range

New Artemis standard colour range

New Custom Colours

In addition a range of Custom Colours has been added, which extends the range and choice available.

The 9 new colours include:

  • Solid Black and White finishes, useful if you don’t want to see wood grain through the finish
  • New Ebony stain, dark and rich
  • Stone and Fumo stains, interesting variations on standard stains
Image showing the custom colour selection for the Artemis spiral staircase

New Custom colour range for the Artemis Spiral Staircase

The new colour options give you more choice of finishes than any other kit on the UK market, and more choice is a good thing!

Custom colours will take a bit longer than the standard colours, so you need to allow approximately 6 weeks for delivery. Prices are an additional 25% on the standard colour range.

The Artemis spiral staircase range is our premium product, designed and manufactured in Italy to our very high standards. It is ideal for high traffic areas in both domestic and commercial situations, due to its superior design and load-bearing capability.

For a great deal on the upgraded Artemis Spiral staircase for 2018, check out our website or give us a call on 0121 351 1533

NEW 2018 version of Gamia Wood Spiral Staircase kit

NEW Gamia Wood with revised handrail

NEW Gamia Wood with revised handrail

A new version of the Gamia Wood spiral staircase kit is now available. The new version features a colour coded handrail and fixings, so if you order a grey staircase the fixings and handrail will now be supplied in grey instead of the old black colour. The handrail is now a smooth pvc moulding, which looks more modern and attractive than the Moplen handrail it replaces. The black version of the staircase will still have black fixings and handrail, but the handrail will be the new smooth profile.

The upgrades are expected to begin shipping after August 2018

Popular Upgrade to an iconic spiral staircase

This upgrade is expected to make the Gamia Wood even more popular, especially as it meets the requirements of building regulations in the UK. Very few competitors have a 1400mm diameter spiral staircase which meets these regulations, so we expect the Gamia Wood to maintain and increase its popularity during 2018.

The 1400mm diameter and 1600mm diameter versions meet the requirements of British Standards for secondary use, under BS5395-2 as required in building regulations.

Quality Components

The Italian manufacturer has maintained the high quality components, such as solid beech treads, which you don’t get on other spiral staircases in this price range. The new one-piece handrail is easy to fit, even for a novice, as it is flexible yet extremely solid when installed.

Safe and Secure

As with the previous model, the balustrade system is designed for the UK market, with the correct UK spacings for spindles and the correct height too, so you can be assured your balustrade system will be safe and secure. If you have young children, there are also Child-safety riser bars available to close off the open treads, and to prevent the passage of a 100mm sphere as required in building regulations.

For a great deal on the upgraded Gamia Wood Spiral staircase for 2018, check out our website or give us a call on 0121 351 1533

5 Great things about – The Dolle Calgary Spiral Staircase

5 Great things about – The Dolle Calgary Spiral Staircase

Here are 5 great things about the Dolle Calgary Spiral Staircase, in no particular order!

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How does a Space Saver Staircase kit work?

How does a Space Saver Staircase kit work?

In this article we look at choosing a space saver staircase kit, and how they can fit into such small spaces. The secret is in the paddle-shaped treads, combined with a narrow flight that you can squeeze into the tightest of spaces.

Design

Drawing of a space saver staircase with dimensions

Typical dimensions for a Space Saver Staircase, in this case the Gamia Mini.

Space saver stairs were originally designed to allow access to loft conversions. In a lot of properties in the UK space is at a premium, and fitting a full sized staircase to a loft room could mean losing the use of an entire bedroom. That’s not a very desirable outcome when you want to add a room! Space saving stairs were incorporated into building regulations to allow safe, fixed access to a loft but with a very small impact on the space it uses. So how is this achieved? The secret is the Paddle Shaped Treads!

See the diagram above – this full height staircase has total goings of only 1.5 metres, and a width of only 600mm. It is far smaller than a conventional staircase, which would need space of 2420mm L x 800mm W for the same number of treads.

The Paddle shaped Tread

Alternating paddle treads on a Space saver staircase

Alternating Paddle treads

Paddle shaped treads form an alternating tread staircase as shown in the image left. Some people refer to these as “Hit and Miss” treads. As you can see, the treads alternate as they go up the staircase. The advantage is that you get a full size tread depth (known as the “tread going”) on alternate treads, so you simply step on alternate treads as you ascend or descend the staircase. This design means the staircase can fit into a greatly reduced footprint, ideal for locations where space is limited. Most people assume this makes a space saver staircase steep and difficult to climb, but in fact this unusual tread design makes the staircase just as easy to climb and descend as a full sized staircase. You can see how this works on a typical space saver model, the Gamia Mini Plus

 

Building Regulations

Space saving stairs with paddle shaped treads should conform to K1 Building regulations, which has a special section for space saver stairs. Briefly to summarise you need to comply with the following:

  1. The staircase must be built in one or more straight flights, (so if you need a change of direction in the flight you should use a landing to do so, available with some modular systems such as the Gamia Mini Plus).
  2. Only for access to one habitable room [in the loft]
  3. Steps should be uniform with parallel nosings (so no fancy curved treads, or staircases which feature curved flights combined with paddle-shaped treads)
  4. Balustrade should comply with general building regs, ie have no gaps greater that 100mm
  5. Minimum tread going should be 220mm, maximum rise should be 220mm
  6. The above is a short description, for a full description of the requirements please refer to K1 building regulations.

For more information about Building Regs compliant space saver stairs, please check out the Gamia Mini Plus on our website!

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NEW Aria Metal Spiral Staircase kit, in White, Grey or Black

NEW Product – Aria Metal Spiral Staircase.

Introducing the NEW Aria Metal spiral staircase kit, in White, Light Grey or Black powder coated finishes. Our latest high-quality product for indoor use, the Aria Metal features colour co-ordinated handrail and spindle fixings for a luxury look, at a very affordable price.

Aria Metal spiral staircase kit in black finish

Aria Metal Spiral Staircase Kit

Heavy Metal!

Metal handrail supports on the Aria Metal balusters

The Aria Metal balusters feature metal handrail supports, instead of inferior plastic ones, for added strength and durability

The all-metal construction of the main components results in a strong and stable spiral staircase, great for heavy duty use around the home. Each vertical metal baluster is topped with a metal handrail support bracket, which is unique at this price. (Most of our competitors use cheap plastic components to fix the handrail, ours is stronger! And much better looking, in our opinion)

One colour

The Aria Metal has another unique feature among spiral staircase kits, which makes this staircase one of the best looking around. For years customers have been asking us to make a spiral staircase with colours that match throughout, and we listened! Competitors usually stick to black handrails, black tread spacers, black plastic fixings etc irrespective of the colour of the staircase. Now if you want an all-white staircase, or all-grey you can have it, as the Aria Metal automatically comes with matching fixtures and fittings.

Accessorize with our Balustrade System

Aria Metal Balustrade kit shown in all white finish

Aria Metal Balustrade kit

Of course, no spiral staircase kit is complete without the options of landing balustrade to protect the stairwell opening. Whether you are building a square opening, round opening, mezzanine or minstrels gallery, you will find all the components necessary to complete your project on our website. We supply a complete range of balustrade kits and accessories for the Aria Metal, including a FREE design service both for the staircase and the balustrade system.

Buy the Aria Metal spiral staircase online

For more information about our terrific new Aria products and lots of other choices please visit our Spiral Stairs Direct online store!

 

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Spiral Staircase colour options

Spiral Staircase colour options

This article covers the various Spiral staircase colour options available, which combinations are the most popular, and which product ranges give you the best choice of colour options.

Budget Spiral Staircase Kits

Generally the options for budget spirals like the Calgary are limited to Grey or White metalwork, with light natural coloured treads. The grey finish is a good choice for a neutral colour that will fit into most interior decors, the white finish gives a light bright staircase which is great for a bit of contrast, especially in a modern interior.

Available colour options for Calgary Spiral Staircase Kit

Calgary spiral staircase, Grey and Natural on the left, White and Natural on the right

Mid-range Spiral Staircase Kits

When you get to the Mid-range spiral stairs you start to see a wider choice of colours. For example in the Gamia Deluxe range a choice of Dark Walnut for the treads and handrail is available, in addition to the Natural Beech colour.  Dark Walnut is a rich chocolate brown stain applied to beech treads and then sealed with clear varnish which is baked in an oven to harden it. The result is a hardwearing, fade-resistant satin finish which is robust enough to last many years of regular use. The metalwork can be ordered in silver-grey or black, so there are a potential 4 colour options you can choose from.

 

Premium Spiral Staircase Kits

Real oak treads on a Montreal spiral staircase

Premium Spiral Staircase kits like the Montreal are also available with real oak treads.

Colour swatch for Artemis treads

Just a few of the many tread colour options for the Artemis spiral staircase

With premium spiral staircase kits, the options and choices widen dramatically. For example, with the Artemis spiral staircase there are 3 standard ranges of metalwork colour – Charcoal Black, Silver Mist and Parchment White. You can match these up with your choice of standard wood stains, Natural Beech, Light Oak, Dark Walnut, and lastly, Wenge. Interestingly, fashion has moved on from the early ‘noughties’ when the most popular finish was Black with natural beech treads.

Nowadays, the most popular finishes we get asked for are:

  1. Grey with Oak stain
  2. White with Oak stain
  3. Grey with Dark Walnut stain
  4. White with Dark Walnut stain

The other colour option fast gaining ground is Wenge – imagine a very dark rich espresso colour, nearly but not quite black. It makes a striking contrast to a lighter coloured metal, we predict a bright (or dark!) future for Wenge as more people get to know about it!

Custom Spiral Stairs

Candy Apple red to show wild departure from normal staircase colours

Candy Apple red – let your imagination go wild?

If none of the standard colours satisfy your odd colour cravings, then maybe our custom stairs will help. Yes, we mainly sell custom stairs in the colours already mentioned, usually with a liberal sprinkling of stainless steel and glass, but there is nothing to stop you from having any colour you wish. In fact, we can supply the major components such as treads, balustrade, handrail, metalwork etc without any finish if you want, so you can apply the colours of your choice. Candy Apple Red staircase, anyone?

 

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Spiral Staircases and UK Building Regulations

Spiral Staircases and UK Building Regulations

This article is a guide to Spiral Staircases and UK Building Regulations, it covers the basic requirements you need to check in order to meet UK Building Regulations K1 and the associated British Standard BS5395-2 1984. You can get more information by checking out our website

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Open Plan Spiral Stairs For Open Plan spaces

Open Plan Spiral Stairs For Open Plan spaces

In this article we explore the trend for open plan living, and make some suggestions for using a spiral staircase – so check out our suggestions for one of the larger structures in your living space, the staircase.

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5 Reasons to Install a Spiral Staircase in the Home

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We write about spiral staircases a lot on this blog, we just love them! We hope you enjoy the variety of articles we bring. In this article we thought we’d provide a simple summary of five of the main reasons to install a spiral staircase at home.

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Why Spiral Staircases are an Architectural Fashion Statement

Why Spiral Staircases are an Architectural Fashion Statement

Spiral staircases have been around for centuries and were particularly popular in churches and monasteries. The good news is they are as popular as every today, in this article we discuss some of the reasons why spiral staircases are a twenty first century fashion statement.

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