Stencilled jaali wooden risers that keep the openness intact in a closed staircase.
Solid wood staircases are a symbol of elegance and beauty that are unparalleled to any other material. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, these open stairs (without risers) at GoodEarth give a sense of airiness by being unobtrusive.
The saw-tooth stringer beam at the sides look neat and minimal when compared to the commonly used RCC folded-plate stairs where achieving a uniform thickness is nearly impossible due to the varying thickness of plaster.
However, more than the aesthetics, the primary factor for consideration is the strength of the timber. Thus, no compromise can be made with the usage of high-quality timber or the workmanship that includes precise joinery details that comes only with experience.
Elucidating on the process and execution of the internal staircases at GoodEarth, Biju P says, “The prominent aspect for consideration is the strength of the fibre. Thus, we use Mysore Honne or country wood. During the construction of the staircase, utmost care must be taken to design the staircase with the natural alignment of its fibres. We do this by placing the log vertically, chipping the base and studying the alignment. A thorough check has to be made with the joinery details as well. A knot or branching at the stringer beam can be detrimental to its strength. Therefore, it is important to have a fine craftsman for the job.”
The timber sections used in the residences are chosen to carry a load of minimum one tonne. Essentially, this depends largely on the strength of the stringer beams along the sides, whose dimensions are mostly a matter of judgement. Therefore, a carpenter deep rooted with traditional experience and knowledge is the key to a well-designed staircase.