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September 4, 2018
The S&A Stairs Story

As the area’s top provider of high-quality custom staircases, we wanted to share our story. For almost 100 years, S&A Stairs has been creating exceptional staircases that transform homes and businesses across Australia. In that time, we’ve earned the reputation of producing quality works of architectural art while keeping our designs high-quality, transformative, and cutting-edge. Here’s how we became the S&A Stairs you know today.

Our Origins

Almost 100 years ago, Slattery & Acquroff Stairs was founded with the dream of creating one of a kind staircases for homes and businesses across Australia. Our skilled founders used their creative talent to design and craft truly iconic staircases. Taking inspiration from classic staircase architecture while also pushing the limits of what was possible in staircase design, S&A Stairs has shaped much of Australia’s rich staircase design history.

Our Values

Our company was built on innovation and progress. We also believe in trust and integrity in everything we do, which is how we’ve fostered relationships with some of Australia’s top builders and designers that have lasted over 50 years. We are interested in more than just profit. We are passionate about creating exceptional experiences for our employees, our partners, and our customers.

Our team doesn’t leave those values at work when they’re done for the day, they bring those values into their communities. At S&A Stairs, we believe in being a positive force in our local communities, which is why we sponsor local initiatives such as the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, the Henley & Villawood Charity House, and even local athletic teams including the Camberwell Hockey Club and Werribee City FC.

Our Team

S&A Stairs is a family owned and operated business that truly values its employees. We currently employee over 180 people across three states, with many of our team having over 20 years with the company. That just goes to show how much we care about and value our team. We strive for a culture that feels like family and we pass that culture along to every customer we have the pleasure of designing for.

Our Projects

We’ve had the chance to work on some truly iconic staircases in many homes and businesses across the area. Our designs have pushed the envelope in staircase architectures. Some of our most famous projects include Hoddle Street, Island Drive, Black Street, Kerford Road, and Dawson Court. Check out our projects page to see some of our top designs in the area.

Our Process

We are a full-service staircase company, meaning we are with you every step of the way. Our process begins with a design consultation so we can fully understand your needs. We will provide you with an accurate quote and timeline for the project, then we can design, manufacture, and install your custom staircase.

Our Future

As you can see, the team at S&A Stairs has had a rich and vibrant history shaping staircase architecture trends here in Australia. While it is important to look to the past, it’s even more important to look to the future - that future is with you. Without our customers, we wouldn’t have the chance to create innovative staircase designs or transform homes and businesses in the area. When you choose a staircase from S&A Stairs, you’re choosing quality and exceptional service.

We would love to help you with your next residential or commercial staircase project. For more information on what we can do for your or to set up a consultation, contact the team today.

September 4, 2018
Stairway Construction From Top to Bottom

Upgrading your staircase is no small task - from consulting with our design team to putting on the finishing touches to your custom staircase, there’s a lot that goes into this kind of project. Understanding the process and how your staircase comes together is an important step to working with our team on your design. If you’re new to custom staircases, here’s a basic overview about how stairs are built and why it’s important for you to know.

Assessing the Size of Your New Staircase

The most important part of your entire custom staircase project is to properly assess the space we are working with. This will allow us to accurately measure the rise and run of the staircase. Your staircase rise refers to the height of the staircase from one floor to the next. It’s important for us to get an extremely precise measurement to ensure your staircase fits properly in your space.

The run is the measurement of how long your staircase is. We will assess your space to make sure your staircase isn’t too long for the area we are working in. This will tell us the angle of the stairs and can guide us on how many steps to include in your new staircase.

Construct the Stringers

Once we have accurate rise and run measurements based on your design choice and the space we are working with, we need to first construct the stringers. Stringers are what give your staircase support, so they’re a very important part of the construction process.

They’re also used as a design statement. We have tons of stringer design options, from traditional straight closed stingers to central stringers with open risers. You have complete control over what stringer you want in your staircase depending on what style of staircase you want to have.

Install Treads and Risers

Once your stair’s stringers are complete and secure, we install components that make up each individual step, called treads and risers. Treads are the part of the staircase that you step on - when you think of the word ‘steps’, you’re thinking of the treads. Risers are completely optional and are there primarily for design purposes.

We love the modern look of open risers because they allow so much light to pass through your home. On that same note, some of our most stunning staircase projects have been classic, elegant staircase designs with closed risers. It’s truly a personal design preference.

Finishing Touches

Now that we’ve got the basics of the staircase constructed, it’s time to add on the finishing touches. We add the important safety features like balustrades and handrails to keep you and your family safe. With so many design choices, our handrails and balustrades only improve the look of your staircase.

We also add posts to your staircase to finalise the look of your project. We have a few styles of posts to choose from, so you know you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for to completely transform your space.

S&A Stairs - A Full-Service Staircase Company

As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into the construction of a custom staircase, and these are just the basics. We think it’s important for our customers to understand that process so they can partner with us throughout the project. At S&A Stairs, we are more than just a staircase manufacturer - we are a full-service staircase team.

That means we are there with you in every step of the project. From the initial design consultation to the first steps you take on your new staircase, our team is going to be there for you. Let us help transform your home or business into the space of your dreams by giving us a call today.

September 3, 2018
Handrail Styles for Every Project

There’s a lot more that goes into a staircase than you might realize. Aside from treads and risers, you need things like posts, balustrades, stringers, and one of the most important features, handrails. Handrails are what keep you and your family safe going up and down your stairs. This important addition to your staircase gives you something sturdy to hold onto, which can prevent injury if you lose your footing. Here are some things to consider when choosing your next staircase handrail.

Style

There are quite a few handrail styles to choose from. One of the most popular handrail styles that may actually be the style you first think of has a curved surface that fits naturally in your hand when you hold on to it. The wide top that curves gently in for a thinner bottom is designed to mimic the contour of your hand, making it feel natural when you grab the rail.

Another popular style is a semi-oval with a flat bottom. This design is also meant to follow the natural curve of your hand, but provides a more modern look. If you’re wanting the same feel of a traditional handrail but with an updated style, this is a great option for you. We also have completely round handrails that are great for creating a clean line along your staircase. Without any additional curves or flat areas, it creates a very modern and minimalist handrail look.

Finally, we design completely square or rectangle handles for a truly modern and updated handrail style. While these do not follow the curve of your hand, they’re great for creating a design statement on your staircase.

Material

Now that you know a few of the styles that you can choose from, you need to decide what material you want to use for your handrail. We carry both high-quality timber and stainless-steel, so you can get exactly what you’re looking for. The great news is that both timber and stainless-steel can be designed and manufactured to look either traditional or modern, so you’re really not limited in your choices.

While timber may be associated with a more traditional handrail design, there are plenty of ways to use timber to actually make your staircase and your space look modern. Using high-end timber in a floating staircase design can completely transform your space from boring to unique. You don’t always have to use metal and glass to get the modern edge you’re looking for.

On that same note, stainless-steel doesn’t always mean a modern staircase design. We can use stainless-steel to accent a more traditional looking staircase or we can use wrought-iron for a timeless, elegant look. Metal is an excellent accent for a wide range of staircase designs, so don’t be afraid to implement metal into your staircase upgrade.

Features

There’s more to a handrail than just the part that you hold on to. We have an excellent selection of handrail finishes to choose from - add an elegant design to start your handrail at the base of your staircase for added style and luxury. While they’re not needed for any functional purpose, they do add elegance to your handrail. Check out our products page to find our unique handrail features that you can easily add to your custom staircase design.

S&A Stairs

At S&A Stairs, we focus on the fine details of every staircase we design and build. From the structural support to the last finishing touches, we are focused on high-quality design and style. Your handrail is an important part of that finished design and our team can help you decide what’s right for your new staircase. Contact our team today to get started on a design consultation.

September 2, 2018
Choosing a Staircase That Maximises Space

If you are limited on the space in your home, chances are you’ve been searching for ways to maximise your home’s space. From clearing out junk to rearranging furniture, there’s only so much we can do to create more space. What you might not have considered is renovating your existing staircase.

If you look at a traditional staircase, it’s not really maximising your home’s space. Traditional staircases often take up a lot of room in your home and block off a lot of crucial space that could be used for something else. By upgrading your staircase, you could add a significant amount of space to your home.

Assess Your Space

The first thing to do when you’re considering a staircase upgrade is to assess your current space. Sometimes our staircases are actually making the most out of our space or they’re providing important structural support to other areas of your home.

If you aren’t able to use the space underneath your staircase or if your staircase is blocking the natural flow of light in your home, a staircase upgrade can truly transform your space. You’d be surprised how much space is wasted if you’re not able to use the area underneath your staircase. By opening up that area with a new custom staircase, you’ll have more room to do the things you love.

Is Your Priority Space Or Style? It Can Be Both

Most people think that a custom staircase means either maximising space or getting the style they want. The reality is, it can easily be both. With a custom staircase design by S&A Stairs, you can capitalise on your home’s space and get a truly stunning staircase in the process. You shouldn’t have to decide between style and functionality.

Styles Ideal For Small Spaces

There are quite a few styles that are ideal for small spaces. With these styles, you’ll open up your staircase and get a stunning new feature in your home. The first style you should consider is a floating staircase. With a floating staircase, you’re greatly reducing the area that’s taken up by your staircase and have truly endless design options.

You can have a straight staircase, a unique curve, or a staircase that doubles back on itself. With the staircase support coming from your wall or ceiling, you’re freeing up the space underneath your staircase for you to use for something else.

Spiral staircases are timeless designs that are incredibly effective at maximising space in your home. The tight spiral makes the design much more vertical than a traditional staircase, which can save you a lot of space in your home. Most spiral staircases are also not enclosed, meaning you can use the space around and under your staircase as well.

Why Lighting Is Important

While the staircase design is important, lighting plays an important role in making your space feel open and bigger. Choosing a design that maximises on space as well as lighting will make the biggest impact in your home or business. That means choosing a design that blocks as little light as possible. Designs with open risers, glass balustrades, and thin posts are all simple design tricks to improve the lighting in your space.

S&A Stairs

We know how important it is to make the most of your space. Our team has years of experience designing stunning staircases that make the most out of your home. No matter if you are a homeowner or you’re looking to upgrade your business, the team at S&A Stairs can help. Contact us today to get started on your dream staircase design.

September 1, 2018
Choosing the Right Posts for Your Project

From a traditional staircase design to an updated, ultra-modern staircase, there’s a lot that goes into the final touches of any staircase upgrade. Whether it’s for your home or for your business, paying attention to even the smallest details will make all the difference in your project. Staircase posts are often overlooked when thinking about the overall staircase design. They’re not only an important design element for your staircase, they can also be used for structural support. Here’s why choosing the right posts for your project is so important.

Newel Posts

A newel post is a broad term for posts that are more traditional in style - they’re often built with timber over other building materials. These posts are what you might see on a classic staircase style and come in a wide range of simple to intricate designs. The most common newel posts is a simple rectangle post with a rounded top that can be easily held on to.

While that may sound simple and boring, newel posts highlight the timeless elegance of traditional staircase architecture. If you want something a little less traditional, there are plenty of modern newel posts that feature unique designs and bevels throughout the post. Our high-end timber can be finished to create a modern look that goes well with any style of home.

Newel Tops

When you choose a newel post, you’re not just limited to the choice of post - there are quite a few post tops that you can choose from to design the perfect post for your new custom staircase. While a common newel post top is a traditional round top, there are other, more modern designs that you can choose. Check out our products page to see our selection of beautiful newel tops.

Stanchion Posts

Stanchion posts are much more modern posts and are often made of our high-quality stainless-steel. Their design is meant for the post to be secured at both the top and the bottom of the post, whereas a newel post is secured only at its base. With stanchion posts being secured at both ends, it adds greater structural support for your handrail and balustrades.

You can choose either a squared-off post or a smooth, rounded post for your custom staircase project. Our stanchion posts come in various thicknesses to match your exact style of staircase.

Materials

As we mentioned, there are a few different staircase materials to choose from, but don’t feel like you can only use timber for a newel post or that you can only use metal for a stanchion post. Both metal and wood can be finished to create either traditional or modern looks, so choose what you’re happiest with when it comes to your staircase. A wood stanchion post is a striking staircase accent, and a metal newel post can blend both traditional and modern designs.

Complementing Your Staircase Design

Think about your staircase design when you’re choosing your posts. If you have a glass balustrade, for example, a thick stanchion post is an excellent way to frame off your staircase. Consider a thin timber post if you’re looking for an elegant, traditional style. What matters most is that you’re happy with your staircase design.

S&A Stairs

Posts are an important design choice for creating a complete look for your new staircase. The expert design team at S&A Stairs can help you decide the perfect post for your next staircase project. Check out some of our stunning post options online or give us a call today for assistance picking the right post for your custom staircase.

April 23, 2018
Howitt, by McKimm

Caulfield is one of the richest suburbs in Australia, in terms of its architectural heritage, because it is adorned with homes by many of the country’s most famous Mid-Century Modernist architects. The work of the period was characterised predominantly by post-war migrants who settled in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, bringing a whole new range of skills with them from Europe. Robin Boyd, Graeme Gunn, Grant Featherstone, and McGlashan Everist have all made an immense impact on the interior and exterior design of suburbs like Caulfield.

Today, high end developers like McKimm are charged with extending the lineage of Australia’s renowned architects, building on the work of mid-century architects to update the face of suburbs steeped in history. No mean feat, considering the demands of developing sites at a profit in today’s climate. Nowhere is this careful and important job more thoroughly executed than at McKimm’s latest project, Howitt. Right in the heart of Caulfield, the large family residence (1200 sq), comprises five ensuite bedrooms, a gym, steam room, compact basement cinema, basement courtyard, pool and tennis court. While its immense size isn’t exactly in line with the modernist principle of function dictating form, it is a terrific example of how modern technology can build on the design principles of yesterday.

The home is tied together by the large ribbon stair at its heart. Built by S&A Stairs, it fills the centre of the home and connects levels, diffusing the natural light - which comes from an expansive skylight above - and spreading it evenly between key spaces. Its luxurious curves make a playful and sculptural statement. Its round form working in opposition to minimal living spaces. It’s finished with carpeted 32mm treads, curved toughened glass and an etched black stainless steel handrail.

Project by McKimm

Photos by Dave Kulesza

Styled by Bea Lambos

May 2, 2017
The Boat Builder

Chasing Perfection: Pedrazzini Wooden Boats

It was more than 100 years ago when Swisse boat builder, Augusto Pedrazzini started crafting boats by hand on the shores of Lake Zurich.

Today, run by his great grandson, Augusto's incredible search for perfection continues - the boat company started in his name, and still make every boat by hand, with some of the rarest mahogany in the world. It takes more than 9 months for the Pedrazzini crew to finish one of the small masterpieces.

Over the course of a century, they've become one of the most sought after and recognised boat building brands in the world - a testament to the endless search for perfection, for embracing repetition and improvement, and always staying true to your craft.

Photos by The Brander.

January 31, 2017
Climbs of Imagination #2

Every week we look through magazines and architecture websites to inspire our own design.

This week, we found these...

January 23, 2017
Featherstone House

After the second World War ended, something remarkable happened in Australia. As migrants from Europe flooded into Melbourne and Sydney, we were introduced to European tradesmen with craft and skill that had never been seen before on our shores. The result was Australian Mid-Century Modernism, a unique style of architecture that had a more profound affect on Australian city suburbs that any other style of architecture.

Between the 1950's and 1970's, architects like Robin Boyd, Neil McGlashan, and Harry Seidler designed simple homes based on simplicity and practicality. During the time, Robin Boyd became Australia's most famous Modernist architect, designing homes through the Melbourne suburbs that are still renowned today, including the Boyd House, the Featherstone House, and the Black Dolphin Motel.

As a response to the design of Boyd and Seidler, Australian furniture design took on a new and wonderfully inspired form. Grant Featherstone, Douglas Snelling, and Fred Lowen, together with furniture companies like Fler and Aristoc, brought out timeless designs that would punctuate the living spaces of homes from the modernist architects.

We think the results are something to behold. In the space of little more than a decade, the Australian architectural identity was forever shifted.

Our favourite home of the time is, perhaps, the Featherstone House by Robin Boyd. It was designed by Robin Boyd for furniture designers Grant and Mary Featherstone, in Ivanhoe, Melbourne.

December 2, 2016
Wabi Sabi

You're not perfect. There are blemishes on your skin, scars and marks and bruises. The natural world certainly isn't perfect. Every tree bares the marks of the seasons and the elements - curved and best and scarred in ways that make it unique.

But these imperfections are the good stuff. The character, the detail, the personality. It's often the imperfections in people and architecture that we find most attractive. We like that there is something hidden underneath or rough on the surface.

Architecture can embrace this sentiment, too. At its best, the traditional Japanese style of crafting - Wabi Sabi - celebrates imperfections in materials and enhances everyday life by stripping back to a simple aesthetic and focusing on the essential elements. Once the essentials are at the centre, it brings the materials and the architecture into sharper focus. In Japanese design, often, it's not about making things perfect.

When you design your home, consider the natural knots and marks in materials, the way they age and crack and break and bend over time. It's these details that give your home a spirit and an energy.

Sometimes it just has to be honest, not perfect.

 

The Japanese view of life embraced a simple aesthetic that grew stronger as inessentials were eliminated and trimmed away - Tadao Ando, Architect.

November 28, 2016
Climbs of Imagination #1

We don't just craft and design stairs.

We scour architecture books and magazines for the most considered designs in the world. Every month we put them together and make a mood board of our most highly regarded Climbs of Imagination.

This month we dedicated our first Climbs of Imagination post to the curvaceous, deliberate detail of Art Deco architecture.

November 23, 2016
Brutalism

Brutalism is, perhaps, the most maligned school of architecture in the world. It rose to prominence throughout Europe, America, and even Australia in the post war period between 1950 and 1970, as a response to the decorative periods of architecture at the beginning of the century, like Art Deco in the 1930's, where architects were able to express themselves with intricate details and ornate finishes.

But when the end of the war came and there was a new world to be built, Modernist architecture took full flight. In Australia, the work of Robin Boyd and Harry Siedler became hugely influential in the suburbs. Architects would create buildings that turned a buildings forgotten form into architectural statements. Clean lines, manicured lawns, and split level homes followed.

In the commercial sector, at least, there was a significant swing towards brutalism after 1960. Brutalist buildings were incredibly popular on large scale projects. Architects would design buildings that were rugged and raw in form, they'd feature mountainous slabs of concrete, bold forms, and repetition.

In Australia, some of our most famous civic buildings are from brutalist beginnings. Think the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia, and many of the university buildings in Melbourne and Sydney. Over the last 30 years, brutalist buildings have been much maligned.

Today, however, there seems to be a new found love for the iconic brutalist buildings from around the world. In England, for instance, the Twentieth Century Society - a British architecture conservation society - came out and said it would be a tragedy if decent, well thought out, and essentially humane buildings were mocked and destroyed. It came as David Cameron promised to remove some of London's most talked about brutalist buildings, often used as public housing.

Over the past few years, there's been a great brutalist revival about - architects have started incorporating it into design, artists into art, painters into paint, and the BBC into headlines like 'Why Brutal is Beautiful'.

For the record, we're fond of brutalism too.

October 3, 2016
Craft

Every day is different in the S&A factories around the country. During any given week, we build stairs for houses that range in size and scale, from high end stairs that belong in some of Australia's most renowned homes, to quaint pieces in home renovations.

In our Melbourne factory, there's a constant flow through the factory, from the machine shop at the east end of the factory to the assembly area at the west end. If you follow closely enough, you can watch the raw timber go through the process of machining, dressing and gluing through the machine shop, to where it is bent, cut and crafted into the shape by our highly skilled craftsmen.

Stairs are very intricate and detailed, so there's still so much that we do by hand at the S&A factories. Along the far wall our craftsmen line the timber benches, in the same way they've done for almost 100 years. They use their specialist skills to add a human touch to our stairs, shaping all components including our signature continuous handrail.

One corner of the factory is entirely dedicated to the art of geometry. We glue up timber, create a cast, and then carefully mould and bend the timber around it over a number of days.

Once the timber has been stripped and sanded, finished, bent, curved and moulded, it heads out the other side through dispatch. It's picked up by our drivers and taken to site the very next day.

In this blog post, we asked Melbourne photographer Peter Tarasiuk, to capture the movement and life on a regular day at S&A's Melbourne factory. We are so pleased with the results.

September 15, 2016
The Oldest Living Trees

A short history of Australia's most remarkable timber, Huon Pine.

If you head west from Hobart in Tasmania in the car, you can be in some of the oldest forests on earth in just over 90 minutes. The Huon Pine Forests in the state's southwest are blanketed by narrow trees that shoot up from the mountainside and fight for the sun high into the air, they're the tallest hardwood trees on earth. If you're passing by a particularly large tree, it's likely to be more than 3,000 years old, which means it came to be long before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Ancient Egyptians and the Roman Empire.

Huon Pine grows in a particularly wet climate, and as such, has developed some incredible qualities. It's the most durable timber you'll find anywhere in Australia. According to some sources, logs that have been lying on the forest floor for several hundred years are still harvested and milled, because they contain a high density of methyl eugenol, the same essential oil that gives timber its terrific creamy yellow colour.

Today, Huon Pine is a protected species, and sadly, it's in a decline. It means that the price of Huon Pine today is between 6 and 10 times the cost of popular Australian hardwoods, because 85% of the 1.2 million hectares of old growth forest is protected permanently. If you're lucky enough to reclaim some Huon Pine, it comes alive with high polish. It's an incredibly narrow tree (it grows a maximum of 2mm every year) so in the space of 30 centimetres across the intricate, beautiful grain, you can stare back into the history of the weather and the seasons.

August 10, 2016
Architect in Focus: Graeme Gunn

It was the middle of the 1960's and the world was expanding at a rapid rate. You've heard of all the stories of the post-war boom in Europe and America, a rise in world housing, culture, and media that had never been seen before. Modern cities were expanding, bursting out from their centers and into the suburbs with new ideas and developments.

In Melbourne, it meant that we had to find a new architectural identity for a growing city. Some thought the future of Melbourne's outer suburbs - which are now ironically, Melbourne's inner city suburbs - was a quarter acre block. You'd get your lot of land, clear all of the trees and pave it with cement, without a thought for the natural landscape. Your house would look just like your next-door neighbours, and with mass market housing on the rise, it would look like it could be anywhere. After all, that's what they were doing in housing developments in America.

But then something incredibly lucky happened in Melbourne in 1965. Two young entrepreneurs, David Yencken and John Ridge, founded Merchant Builders, one of the countries most renowned and enduring project-house building companies. It was a time of great change throughout the building industry, and Merchant Builders were, perhaps, the first developer in Australia to offer architect-designed homes to the mass market. If they hadn't shown the appropriate care, Melbourne would have looked a very different city today. But over the course of 26 years from 1965, Merchant Builders changed the way Australian suburbs looked forever. We think for the better.

How did they do it?

They did it with the help of architect Graeme Gunn, who had a vision for new housing. Gunn was concerned that with new developments, there was a 'start again' mentality, where the design of a home took no reference from the environment that surrounded it. So together with landscape architect Ellis Stones, they began to hero the Australian landscape in their designs, and placed the environment around them. To this day, the work of Graeme Gunn and Ellis Stones is credited as truly iconic Australian architecture.

In an article for the University of Melbourne, Rees Quilford, the Engineering and Marketing Manager for the Melbourne School of Design, says that "Yencken and the firm's consultant landscape architect Ellis Stones were also deeply interested in how to increase density in Melbourne's inner and outer suburbs without losing the amenity of connection with landscape, and especially indigenous trees and plants. They were committed to a suburban landscape that was uniquely Australian."

"It was a house builder dedicated to the protection of the natural environment;" Guilford continues. "It promoted the merits of 'cluster' developments as an alternative to conventional approaches to suburban planning; and it offered 'kit homes' comprised of factory made components to minimise costs and embodied energy."

There's also a great article on Merchant Builders by Urbis Magazine, with photographs from Brooke Holm. You can read it here.

In 2011, Gunn was recognised for a lifetime of work in architecture, with the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal. The highest honour from the Australian Institute of Architects.

Over the course of the next six months, we're writing a series of stories on Australia's most influential architects on the S&A blog.

Photography

Top Left - Fiona Lynch renovates and restores a classic Merchant Builders' home in Melbourne's inner east. Photo by Brooke Holm.

Top Right - Converted Merchant Builders garage in Melbourne.

Middle Left - The Beaumaris home of Matt & Cindy Skinner and family. Photo by Annette O'Brien. Production by Lucy Feagins - The Design Files.

Middle Right - A home designed by Graeme Gunn and built in 1967 for John Ridge, one of the founding directors of Merchant Builders.

December 10, 2015
A new look: Slattery & Acquroff Stairs

Today, Slattery & Acquroff stairs unveils a new brand mark and domain, with a new website to come this December.

Our new look reflects much of what we have come to stand for over the last 95 years. We strive to be progressive and memorable, and to make the stair building process as simple as we possibly can.

The new brand mark, S&A Stairs, marks a move to further simplify our brand. In the process, we also announce a new website domain: www.sastairs.com.au

We have been known affectionately in the industry as S&A for many years, and our new brand mark is designed to align with what we're known as in day to day operations.

December 1, 2015
Introducing sastairs.com.au

It is with great excitement that we launch our brand new website as S&A Stairs.

May 7, 2013
A 120 year old building that exemplifies contemporary design

Nestled in Melbourne’s inner suburbs the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership bridges the gap between the old and the new. Originally built as a school in 1882 by Henry Robert Bastow, it is the ideal setting for a forward thinking educational facility.

Boasting an array of design features it was awarded the best facade of 2012 by the AWCI. At the heart of this heritage listed building is a unique stair.  While complimenting the past with classic balustrading it remains contemporary with modern spotted gum steps flooded by light.

View our 'Bastow Institute' project here. 

Photo credit: Sarah Louise Jackson and AWCI.

May 3, 2013
Innovative thinking – abstract designs that appeal to the senses

Every so often there is an architectural design that embraces the beautifully abstract while maintaining an inviting and livable space. The Fawkner Way project, recently critiqued in the archdaily.com is one of those designs. With an incredible steel facade that lingers through the interior in the form of its staircase, the Fawkner Way project is edgy and full of intrigue.

A focal point in its own right compliments both the exterior and the adjoining kitchen. The dark steel balustrade still allows the light to flow though into the living space and brings a continuation of the wall colourings to the first floor.

To see the full review of this incredible home click here.

March 6, 2013
Bridge Hotel, Melbourne

Characterised as one of the most unique buildings in Melbourne; The Bridge Hotel in Richmond also houses one of our most unique stairs...and people are talking about it! Type "The Bridge Hotel" into a google search and you'll get review after review raving about their new design. Notably the good people at The Age have put fingers to keyboard and produced this great piece on what's now one of Melbourne's most iconic hotels.

Check out our Bridge Hotel project here.

March 6, 2013
An eclectic stair in a building full of history

We provided this stair recently for Paul Smith's Melbourne store, in the historic 120 Queen Street building. As with every Paul Smith store his "British eccentricity" shines through in all aspects of the interior. This stair is no different. It has that great mix of eclectic and traditional styles, with its mismatched balustrades and it's sweeping handrails.

We adore this stair & its backdrop of funky artwork (although we can't take the credit for that part!).

If you would like to view our Paul Smith Melbourne project, click here.

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