Turnaround staircase

by brae  

A long time ago, when I was planning the Heritage, I wanted to use a turnaround staircase.  I first saw this type of staircase in the Franklin Mint Heartland Hollow house that belonged to fellow Greenleaf member Jenn (Elsbeth) (see the rest of her wonderful photos here -- must be Greenleaf member to access).

From the kitchen side.

From the living room side.

I was not able to use these in the Heritage for lack of floor space, but I always planned to use them someday.  Well, that time has come!

My initial plan for the Spring Fling involved a spiral staircase, but the turnaround stairs offer a better solution.  Lyssa built a set of these in her Undersized Urbanite entry, so she's done some of the heavy lifting for me already.  :D  I also want to thank Sandra for sending me additional pictures of the staircase from her own Heartland Hollow.  They helped a lot with planning.

I started with a Houseworks narrow staircase kit.  I used a coping saw to cut two sections: one with three steps and one with six steps.

I built a box for the landing from scrap wood.

The base has an open back because it will sit against the wall instead of being out in the open like the inspiration photos.

I added pins to help hold the top section to the base.  The lower section will lean against the box.

Here's the basic structure.  I will finish the front, top and sides of the box when I get to the decorating phase.

Yes, the Spring Fling kit is a single story, one room structure.  But, now you know that my build requires a staircase.  :D

9 comments

Comment from: Audra [Visitor]
I like the stair layout! I might have to try that in my next half scale build!
05/24/13 @ 04:04
Comment from: April [Visitor]
Great idea to use the premade steps and cut them into sections. I'll be borrowing this idea in the future, for sure.
05/24/13 @ 05:18
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
I love how you just happen to have so many violent tools lying around your house. LOLOLOL. Just in case.
05/24/13 @ 14:14
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
All I can say is Good Grief! How do you think of these things and to actually plan them and cut them and fit them together? I'm in awe...again... Pat
05/24/13 @ 17:17
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
You're awesome, Brae! I am always amazed at the amount of work you manage to do and yet you also work all day at your job. Phenomenal!
05/24/13 @ 21:45
Comment from: brae [Member]
:>> Aw, thanks so much!!!
05/25/13 @ 16:21
Comment from: Lindsey [Visitor]
Your mini scenes are fantastic. I am so addicted... I spend hours just staring at your pictures!!! When you use your hand saw, does it take forever to cut through things? I feel like I am doing it wrong! toddlindsey.com
05/28/13 @ 19:21
Hi Brae, I love turnaround staircases too! I have just finished one (see my most recent post). I look forward to following your project! Emily
05/29/13 @ 00:29
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :D Lindsey - Yes, it does seem to take forever. The saw is from my parents' place, and I think the blade was installed in the wrong direction...and it's probably old...and I can't loosen it to change it out. :)) So, it was probably harder than it needed to be. Emily - I will have a look at your stairs! :D
05/30/13 @ 08:16


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