|Pine handrail and copper balusters|
So, after a nice distraction we’re back to the main job – installing the hand rail and balusters on the staircase. The pine hand rail we’re using came from a 100+ year old house and, would you believe, is just about the right length. The balusters on the other hand took quite a lot of thinking. One early idea was to get our friends to make one baluster each and then install what was sure to be a random assortment. But we figured we wanted to finish this decade and dismissed the idea. We then looked around for off the rack solutions and scoured second hand building places. But not much really grabbed us and the few that did must have been gold plated going on the price.
The challenge has been to get something that:
- Fitted in with the overall “restored old house” ambience,
- Met the building regulations,
- Fell within the budget,
- Could be installed by us, and
- Had a warehouse, industrial feel.
We finally settled on 19mm copper pipe connected by brass plumbing fittings. We’ve used the same approach to “hide” the electrical wiring and also, not surprisingly, for the actual plumbing. Putting the pieces together is slow but giving me ample time to consider a few other outstanding problems. Firstly, I need to find some non-slip nosing for the stairs that meets the regs but doesn’t look like it came from the Jetsons. There’s also an awkward bit on the landing that I’m not sure how a rail will work and, unfortunately, I’m in need of one more stair newel.
Apart from that…. we’re close.