Who’d have thought stairs could be so problematic? To be honest, I’ve never really given stairs a lot of thought, because they’re just…there. But our stairs need a lot of thinking about, because they’re pretty unusual. We have one set going upstairs from the living room, and another going down into what will become The Snug, from the living room. They are both open staircases, and I read on a website that these…

provide a sense of freedom, as open stairs do not feature risers, allowing you to look through the staircase enjoying the rest of an interior…

All well and good, BUT when they have been quite poorly installed, and the treads are very narrow, and there is no handrail and the banister at the top of the stairs – to prevent anyone falling – is very rickety, all of a sudden, that “sense of freedom” doesn’t quite seem a selling point.

 

We’ve looked at having both sets replaced, and maybe it’s a language thing and we keep getting lost in translation but we’re finding it to difficult to get across what we want. And, for some reason, stairs (or the construction of), seem to be prohibitively costly in Istria. We orginally had someone out to quote on concrete stairs. My dream…

Image from Pinterest : Sebbah House by Pepe Gascon & Arquitectura & Asa Alex Boulin

Image from Pinterest : Sebbah House by Pepe Gascon & Arquitectura & Asa Alex Boulin

…although the quote we got made me rethink the whole “concrete must be inexpensive”notion! Back to the drawing board. We spotted these lovely stairs in a house we went to view with visiting friends, and these had been made by the owner. If we don’t find someone who can create the kind of stairs we want we might ask him. Although he is a merchant sailor and away for nine/ten months of the year, so we need to catch him at the right time!

My quest to find the *right* stairs has had me searching on Pinterest. Who says stairs need to be boring?

These might just be a design step too far – not sure what visitors would make of these, so maybe we’ll stick to something a little less creative. I’m thinking along these lines…

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With a secure banister and rail at the top…

Plus, the addition of a handrail, which for health & safety reasons, seems a pretty good idea 😉 I do like the rope, especially as the wall to which a handrail would be attached, isn’t straight, but I’m still drawn to the industrial scaffold pole, which we opted for back in West Didsbury. Decisions, decisions…