2003 - Section of stairwell roof

2003 - Cutting the keystone for ceiling vault

 

 

2003 - Section of Ceiling rib

2003 - Cutting and shaping the ribs for the stairwell vault

 

 

2003 - Ribs done.

2009 - Corbels roughed out

2003 - Cenetering started - note the Keystone has to be placed first

2003 - Cenetering up. Brick facia

2003 - Large slabs positioned

 

2003 - Top panels placed

2003 - I Think that's my Old Man there

2003 - I have no pictures of the tiling

2003 - Inside with the cenetring still up

2004 - Finished! The ceiling is Gosford sandstone (and not wood as many people think)

 

 

 

 

2006 and unchanged

2010 - Corbels up and the walls hardplastered

2008 - Plan for the 2 larger steps

2008 - The models for the steps made by Tony

2008-06 - Pre Steps; floor done & covered

2009 - Steps finally arrive from Italy. The staircase is a self-supporting spiral I designed. The stone is from near my Fathers home town - Monte di Calvene, (near Asiago) in the Italian Alps. The original town was called Murari (roughly wall makers); they were the quarries for much of the stone used in Venice and surrounding areas. This is the pink and white checquer pattern you see on many floors of the churches and villas of Venice, Padua, Verona etc. (The Travertine used on the outside of buildings in Venice is from Travertino, Istria - across the Adriatic; the people there speak the same dialect as the people from Monte!) These late Jurassic rock formations are amoung the most studied in the world. (Try a search of ammonitico Rosso Jurassic). Next to the town is a rift - one side is siliceous red limestone whilst on the other side is the younger calcareous limestone. This shift in sedimentation is due to a major shift in climatic and oceanic conditions.

2009 - Threaded rods holds the step together

2009 - The wires hanging down were going to be LED's, but I got a couple of breaks in the wires.

2009 - Steps are rebated about 40mm into wall

2009 - Spacer piece. A Threaded rod runs through each hole to the handrail. The channel between the holes was for the wires.

2009 - Each tread weighs about 120kg. Joints are white Sikaflex. The last hole is larger to accept the cylinder nut.

2009 - Finished - steps covered; looking down

2009 - Finished - steps covered; looking up

2009 - uncovered

 

2009 - The Arches had to be ground and polished in situ - overhead and with water - not enjoyable!

 

 

 

 

2010 - handrails wil be timber. Current Task!

2011