It’s almost a contradiction. A state of the art stair engineered to conform to all building codes, built to last, and we call it a ‘floating stair’. The fact is the floating bit is mostly to do with its looks. Floating stairs are designed to hide or downplay their well-thought-out supporting structure and to draw attention to an architectural statement.
Here’s a list of some of the questions we’ve been asked over the years.
The 3 main methods we use are listed below. The relevant links will help you visualise each approach.
All of these styles can be customised. One client had us incorporate a stunning zig-zig feature into their side plate design stair. Take a look.
Generally all 3 designs are within the same ballpark. Expect a maximum variation of high hundreds to low thousands.
A cantilevered system designed to float off a concrete wall will possibly cost less than one floating off a timber wall, but not significantly so.
Larger price variations stem more from layout, materials used and size. Quantity and type of balustrades used are also factors.
Floating stairs are made in four separate sections which are then assembled on site.
The components include:
To ensure consistent quality and streamline scheduling, we make all four of these segments in house. The only part we outsource are glass balustrades (however, we still design and install these as part of the staircase).
If you’ve chosen lighting in the handrail or treads, this will be pre-wired and connected on site by your electrician.
Usually for a new build the steel components are installed first – typically when frames are up and you’re closed in.
Towards the end of the project, when there’s less construction happening, we’ll come back and fit the treads, balustrades and handrails. This reduces the likelihood of damage to finished components.
Absolutely! All our floating stairs are designed and engineered to comply with all NZ Building Code requirements.
No. Floating stairs are completely safe to use.
The NZ building Code is very strict on safety requirements for stairs.
Our stairs follow all of these requirements – safety is front and centre for us.
You can be assured that you are getting a very safe product.
If you’ve pre-booked your project with us, we can often reduce this time to accommodate your tight timeline.
As with any building project, touching base with us early in your project will ensure that we meet your timelines.
Check out Our Process page to find out where to start. We’ll be glad to help you at any point along the way.
Stairs are a technical product and quotes can vary widely from company to company. This is because not all stairs are created equal.
Determine whether your quote is offering you a turn-key solution.
A floating stair is a high quality architectural feature. High quality finishes are a must
Make sure you check on the actual specs for all components.
Check specifically on the engineering and finish of:
A floating stair is far more than a way to reach the upper storey. It’s an investment, like a quality piece of art.
Choose an experienced company dedicated to providing you with both a beautiful stairway, and a pleasant, seamless experience.
A trustworthy enterprise knows how important communication is and will keep you updated.
So don’t cut corners. Done right, you’ll enjoy that WOW! factor for years to come.