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Helical or Spiral | Know the difference

Helical and spiral staircases are often confused because at first glance they look to be quite similar. However, in reality, their structures are... Read More >

Understanding Staircase Lighting

Lighting is key to how home interiors look and feel. When designed and executed carefully, feature lighting creates a welcoming ambience; however, even... Read More >

To extend or not?

Ric Blenkharn FRIBA FRSA, Director of multi-award winning architects, Bramhall Blenkharn, asks if you really need that extension. One of the first things... Read More >

The influence of “fast fashion” on construction

Can fast fashion influence construction? It is inevitable that the effects of fast fashion and the throwaway society we now live in have... Read More >

Can You Have Too Much Oak? | Staircases for Oak Framed Buildings

Can you have too much oak? Clients looking for staircase designs for oak framed buildings regularly tell us they are worried about having... Read More >

Why Green Oak is Not for the Faint Hearted

Understanding Green Oak Being an organic material, it is natural to expect some movement in all timber over time, especially when situated in... Read More >

Ornate Balustrades | Art Deco or Art Nouveau?

Ornate Balustrades | Art Deco or Art Nouveau? Art Deco and Art Nouveau are both design movements, but many people get confused between... Read More >

Staircase Tips | Understanding Landings

Understanding Landings: What you need to know when thinking about a new staircase. The Oxford English Dictionary defines landings as the “level area... Read More >

Choosing Staircases to fit your budget

Choosing Staircases - How to get best staircase for your budget Aristotle famously said that the whole is greater than the sum of... Read More >

Concrete vs Steel | Choosing Staircases

Choosing between concrete and steel stair structures Richard McLane summarises the key elements of concrete vs steel stair structures. Cost When budgeting for... Read More >

Metal Balustrades | Wrought Iron Misunderstood

Any Old Iron? The first thing Bisca try to find out from a client asking for a Wrought Iron balustrade, is what they... Read More >

Are Open Staircases Safe for Children?

Are open staircases safe? This is a question we are asked on a regular basis. The simple answer is that a staircase designed... Read More >