The house needs a staircase
Our new house had no stairs
What does a staircase actually look like? What suits the house? What suits us? When we had no original staircase to start from, there were many questions when we started our planning.
We soon agreed that we want a staircase that is not limited to one direction. Then there were some important calculations to take into account when we worked out how the stairs should look.
- First, we carefully measured how high it was up to the front door and calculated how many steps we got to the height. A step that feels good to walk on should be about 15 cm high.
- We calculated the step depth to be approx. 35 cm. The top of the stairs would go under the door leaf and be large enough to accommodate a person and a bag when the door is opened.
- On the top step, a scraping grate with drainage through the stairs was also planned.
- We built a mold which, with all the calculations above, was shrunk down to a size corresponding to the height/width on which the Öland stone was to be built.
- The mold was filled with concrete that was allowed to burn, In the concrete we put a hose for the runoff from the scraping grid
Paving with joints
- We started laying island stone on the stairs from top to bottom. Cement mortar was spread on the concrete steps and on the back of the stones which were then glued, the scraper grid we left space for on the top step.
- The stones were rectangular and perfectly suited for a staircase.
- The next day we could join between the stones with cement mortar and then shape the joints with a brush.
We are a little extra pleased that we remembered the scraping grid and to cast in the pipe for the drain. It is so easy to get excited once you start and therefore lose something you planned in the early stages.
Proud house with its own staircase
After this summer, we know what the stairs to our house look like! We have managed to make a lovely staircase ourselves with steps in all directions - as a bonus, it is warm and nice to sit together and enjoy morning coffee on!...and the house also looks comfortable