The Ultimate Guide: How Your Stairs Go From Paper to a Completed Feature In Your Home
This is Part Two of our Ultimate Guide series for homeowners.
Part One of The Ultimate Stair Guide discusses how to choose your design.
We finished Part One with an accurate quotation for your stairs. We now move on to….
Getting Your Plans Approved – Building Consent
Most types of stairs and balustrades will require a PS1 (https://www.building.govt.nz/projects-and-consents/apply-for-building-consent/support-your-consent-application/producer-statements/) in order to get the rubber stamp from council.
Almost everything else will need a PS1 and relevant design documentation:
Often, your stairs will need to be custom designed and engineered rather than being able to use an ‘off-the-shelf’ design. Bear in mind this could add time to your project, so this should be organised four weeks or more before you plan to submit your plans for building consent.
Typically your project engineer will arrange for this work to be done. We may be able to assist with PS1s for timber balustrades if this is the design you have selected.
Site Measure & Design
Once your home is underway, we’ll keep in touch with you and your building team for site timing.
You (or your builder) should arrange a site measure once your floor levels are in place and you’re beginning to close in.
Our site measurer will bring back all the details to our design team who will start work on your stairs.
Our factory team will begin to make all your components. With care, attention to detail and a strong focus on quality.
We’ll coordinate with you (or your builder) to deliver and/or install your stairs. This happens at different times depending on your chosen design:
Floating steel stairs
Solid timber stairs
Carpet quality stairs with feature balustrades
Finishing timber components
You will need to co-ordinate this with your painter once the stair components are on site. A clear finish or stain will help to accentuate the beauty of your stairs.
All is complete! Stand back and admire your stairs, and wait for the compliments to come!
The rest of your home is probably looking pretty awesome too, so congratulate yourself for taking the huge step of building your dream home, and start settling down to enjoy it.
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