Step 1: Inspiration
When you first pick up the phone, you probably have some ideas in mind about what you want your staircase to look like. However, not everyone is so lucky.
Some questions to ask yourself include:
- What is the style of your home or business?
- Are there any examples that you love?
- What style staircase are you most interested in?
Put together photos and notes of what you envision your staircase to look like and we will help you make it a reality!
Step 2: Dimensions
The dimensions of your space will determine what type of staircase can be built. Depending on the space available, your staircase options may change.
In general, keep these thoughts in mind as you’re measuring your space:
- Smaller spaces are great for spiral stairs and ship ladders.
- Larger spaces can accommodate straight staircases and curved staircases, as well as more complex custom designs.
Step 3: Accommodations & Functionality
Before we start building your staircase, we’ll need more information regarding specific accommodations and the functionality of your staircase.
Questions we will ask include:
- Will your staircase be located indoors or outdoors?
- Will your staircase be located in a home or a business?
- Will children or elderly individuals be using the stairs regularly?
- What type of staircase are you interested in building? (Main staircase, bonus stair, decorative, etc.)
- Is the staircase part of a new construction or a renovation?
- If your staircase is part of a renovation, will it be replacing an existing staircase?
- If it is replacing an existing staircase, will it have the same layout and dimensions, or be something completely new?
Step 4: Code Requirements
When building a custom staircase, there are also code requirements to take into consideration. These requirements differ by city and state.
Here’s what you can expect:
- We will work with you and your contractor to make sure your new metal staircase meets all the necessary requirements.
- We will submit a shop drawing tailored to your order that you can share with your city’s building department to review codes.
Step 5: Development Process
Once we’ve collected all the information we need and you have been able to confirm that the staircase design meets all city code requirements, we can officially begin the development process—starting with an outline or blueprint of your staircase design.
To develop your blueprint, we will need to know the following information:
- Finished floor to finished floor height
- Stair width
- General configuration (straight, L-shape, switch back, etc.)
- Your shipping information
- If you will need stairwell or balcony railings
- Chosen stringer style, treads, railing
- Finish and color of the staircase
Step 6: Installation
Once you’ve approved the blueprint, we will craft and ship your staircase to your home or business for installation.
- Acadia Stairs ships across the US
- We do not provide installation, but many of our stairs can be put in by a handy homeowner as a do-it-yourself project. Most carpenters and contractors can install our stairs as well.
If you are currently working with a contractor, we would be happy to go over all the details with you and your team before we ship out your finished project.