I love this staircase!
In our cottage, in a small living room, we needed a staircase to a little loft - space was limited! This staircase was the perfect solution. We purchased and installed it about a year and a half ago, so it's possible that the documentation and instructions are better now, but the weren't that easy at the time. There are now youtube videos that help with installation of the stairs and balcony railing. The staircase itself is solid, well-built, and attractive. We joked, and nicknamed it
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"stairasaurus" because the "vertebrae" that make up the curved support so reminded us of a dinosaur's skeleton. The thick hardwood treads look great, and we love the contrast with the white, powder-coated metal. The parts which attach railings et cetera are grey plastic but they are sturdy and well made.
For anyone who worries that an "alternate tread" staircase is difficult to use - it's not difficult at all! I've always loved the gracefulness of a circular or spiral staircase, but they are not easy to walk on, due to the "pie shaped" steps. In contrast, the alternate treads require only that you start up or down on the correct foot, and then it's great! [Note: Somewhere in the internet there's a video by another stair manufacturer that shows a person walking up and down an alternate tread staircase, to illustrate that it does not pose a problem].
We are delighted with this staircase. It allowed us to have an interesting and attractive stair without the usual waste of space. It takes up half (or a third) the space of a traditional staircase. Additionally, its open and airy look is very attractive and "spacious" in our small space. At almost $1500 it's not cheap, but it is definitely worth the price.
Wonderful stairway for tight spaces
This stairwell was very easy to install, instructions were quite thorough. It was quite easy to fit it into the space we have.
All high quality materials, and comes in different metal finishes to match decor.
Home Depot shipping was prompt and all items came in great shape.
It does take a little time to get used to the alternating tread stair since I've never used one before. Definitely don't use the stairs in socks, but I guess that would go for all wood steps :)
Great DIY staircase solution for tight spaces
This is a great solution if you have a tight space that you need to put a staircase in. It's not trivial to calculate the space it's going to take if you have a curve in your design. You need another person to help you install this. The spine is quite heavy and it takes two people to put it in place and adjust all the different pieces. Give yourself 2 days to install this. The end product looks good and is of good quality.
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Great stairs, Not for the novice to install
I am a very handy guy.
Being a kit, I had expected that these stairs would be a little easier to install. I eventually got them in but it is quite a lot of work.
It is not "Lego". Make sure you put supports in at the appropriate places as suggested. You will have to calculate exactly the correct length in order to get your stairs in straight.. The instructions leave you to figure this out.
For my taste the, fittings are too loose and depend too much on the set screws to level and
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secure the stairs. i can see that this will be a maintenance item, i.e. tightening the stair set screws regularly, a bit of a pain.
Some of the rails were not bent square and required some muscle, to straighten out.. Couldn't see that they were crooked until they were installed, then taken apart and re-installed.
I feel like I installed this staircase three times before I was finally finished.
Again, i am a handy guy, built many stairs from scratch, this one was a lot of work. It took me from breakfast to bedtime to get this in.
When finally done it looks great and fits well into the space it was supposed to go. No other style staircase would have addressed my problem so the fuss was worth it..
A nice solution to a tight problem
We have a small house, and the space available for basement access is very confined (63" long, 24" wide). Prior to these stairs, we had a ladder for access, since there was no way to build a conventional staircase or spiral stairs. We were going to build a set of alternating tread stairs when we found this.
The stairs arrive strapped to a largish skid, approx. 40x40". It is not light - 200+ pounds.
After opening it up and inventorying parts (kit includes allen wrenches and a bag of spare
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fasteners, beyond what's needed), I was pleased with the quality of the components. Metal parts are sturdy, heavy-gauge steel. Welds are neat with good penetration. Paint is even and neat. Stair treads are laminated hardwood (beech or birch), well-sanded and finished. Overall, quality is high and parts consistent.
Instructions are a little on the vague side, but if you read them carefully a few times it makes sense. The metal sections telescope into one another, and are secured by five setscrews that dog them in place. There is enough clearance between the sections so that each tread can be leveled and trued using the setscrews. It's best to level and align each section as you work your way down.
The stair treads are unmarked and have to be individually marked and drilled. It goes quick if you make a template from your first tread. Railings are easy to install, require some trimming with a hacksaw.
Anchored the bottom bracket into the concrete floors with wedge anchors set into epoxy, instead of the supplied plastic concrete anchors. I didn't want it to move. Ever.
I spent about 6 hours on the job, from framing out the attachment point for the top support to installing the railings. It takes some getting used to (make sure to figure out which is your dominant stair-descending foot and install treads accordingly), but is feels very sturdy and safe. The treads are very smooth, and would benefit from some non-skid tape on the surface.
Overall very pleased with the stairs.
Normally I don't do reviews unless a product is really good or really bad. The Graz stairs are better than I thought. The instructions were doable, not as bad as many where the author has English as a second language.
I was impressed over and over. Any mistakes made were mine, as this was my first install of this product. One thing to keep in mind is to do your leveling carefully as you install each new piece from the top down. I had to backtrack to accomplish this.
The paint job on all metal
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parts is very good. The packaging was good too.
If you are handy, have need for a item like this, and want a quality finished product at a very reasonable cost, I would recommend the Graz stair kit. There were other similar products at twice the cost or more. Could the quality be twice as much? I doubt it.
I had such a good time putting this together and enjoying the final product that I would happily install another one right away if needed, without even putting the tools away.
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