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.
Our quotation will usually include a PS1 and design where applicable. If you wish to proceed with this, there may be a small deposit payable so check with our team if you are unsure about payment terms.
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. Once the design is ready, 3D images will be sent through for your final approval before we move on to….
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 install your stairs. This happens at different times depending on your chosen design:
Floating steel stairs
Carpet quality stairs with feature balustrades
Finishing timber components
If our quote does not include clear finishing of the timber, you will need to co-ordinate this with your painter once the stair components are on site.
Be aware that…
Glass is prone to damage including scratches or chips. Occasionally when this is delivered to site by our supplier, we have to reject panels that are faulty. This could mean that final completion of your stairs is delayed. Unfortunately this is out of our control, but we will ensure that we communicate this with you so you’re aware of any changes and updated project timing.
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.