Sunday, 6 March 2011

Framing the staircase to the headhouse

Our carpenters at the red brick building have been busy framing the staircase between the third floor and the expanded headhouse.  Other than the half-flight of steps just inside the front door of the building, this is the only staircase that is keeping its original footprint.  That means it's really steep and narrow and of course wouldn't be acceptable to modern building codes.  It took a while for us to work out exactly what the newel posts should look like and since the newel posts in this case double as the structural supports for all the stairs, nothing could be built until their look and dimensions were finalized.  In the end, we chose something simple, with a routered out arch design that echoes the arched shape of the panels that will be alternate with the spindles.

They even were at the red brick building on Saturday, working.  Here's what it looked like around noon:

All of the vertical components (risers, newel posts, spindles, panels) are going to be painted white.  The treads will be made of the same red birch as our floors.  It's so exciting to at last see progress on this part of the project and it will be great to be able to get up to the headhouse and roof again, especially since we've had a few days of warmer weather here.

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