Timbmet makes an entrance: solid walnut creates classy residential staircase

Timbmet’s solid walnut timber has been used to create a dramatic staircase for a multi-million pound new-build private home in Radlett, Hertfordshire. Built by Relic Homes, Aranee Lodge is a 6400 square foot, six-bedroom family residence, complete with formal reception rooms and a cinema room, as well as a master bedroom suite featuring a vaulted ceiling.

Such a prestigious home deserves a suitably impressive entrance hall, and that is exactly the design-led solution which Timbmet and its customer, bespoke furniture maker M L Elliott, have achieved.

The walnut entrance hall has been created using a stylish contemporary design and a mix of Timbmet’s solid walnut timber in combination with veneered MDF, moisture-resistant flexi-ply and flexible veneers in walnut. The result is a sleek, streamlined, welcoming entrance area bathed in light from the glass atrium above the central curved staircase.

To ensure the staircase would be a major focal point of this residence, Relic Homes appointed Melbourne Elliott, who has worked with the housebuilder on various projects for several years. Having specified Timbmet timber for many jobs in the past, Melbourne had no hesitation in choosing a selection of Timbmet walnut for this project.

“I chose Timbmet primarily because of the quality of the materials and the product knowledge of the staff,” he explains. “In my experience working with the company, I have never encountered any problems and they have always delivered the goods.”

The design of the staircase at Aranee Lodge brought together several elements – a challenging combination of timber and curved glass. Given the complexity of the project, the work took eight weeks from start to finish.

“Most of the work was carried out on site,” Melbourne continues. “Once the design was completed and approved, and the timber ordered, manufactured and delivered, the project began with the installation of a metal casement staircase to provide the base and shape. Then the timber staircase was built and installed in various stages: the curved strings and the curved landing were made along with the walnut treads and risers, followed by the hand veneering of the face side of the stair string and landing.

“All of the materials used in combination ensured the strength and stability required for the shape and curve of the staircase itself, as well as the flexibility to ensure good performance with the curved glass,” he concludes. “The contrast between the matt finish timber and the glass has resulted in a successful blend of traditional warmth and contemporary design.”

Since this staircase was completed late in 2014, Melbourne says all of the components have settled in well. “If every job went as well as this one did, it would be a godsend.” He has been back to see for himself on several occasions as he is currently building a walnut library within this home, and once again he has specified Timbmet timber.

Given Timbmet’s extensive stockholding of timber and veneers, M L Elliott had plenty of species and finishes to choose from, and when walnut was eventually specified, the materials required were readily available for quick despatch. This project demonstrates Timbmet’s position as a one-stop-shop for timber and related products, as well as the in-depth knowledge and expertise of its team.

All Timbmet products are responsibly sourced and certified, with sawn timber orders hand-picked by highly trained staff. For extra customer service, the company offers a full range of machining and manufacturing services, while it’s national network of distribution centres and local depots, as well as its online ordering facility, ensure fast, efficient delivery.

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