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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

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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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