The staircase is the heart of any property – that’s what Paul Elkin of Excel Stairs will tell you. He should know, he’s been designing and building them for 40 years.
Excel Stairs is a traditional family business that has pushed its way to the forefront of digital design, and the top step of the luxury staircase market.
Today it can create almost unlimited designs, turn artistic concepts into perfect and practical staircase geometry, and help exacting clients to interact with their evolving designs in 3D. Staircon from Elecosoft helps it deliver at every stage of the process from design through to production.
From some of the biggest and most complex staircases in the world, right down to the plain old straight domestic flight, Excel Stairs can and does produce it all.
The company is increasingly known, however, for its designs for the high-end, luxury – and often celebrity – market. One reason it has been so successful at penetrating this lucrative niche is the fact that its design and production processes are supported by Staircon, augmenting the core skills of trained craftspeople.
When it comes to staircases, Paul and his team help make their clients’ dreams come true. “There’s nothing we cannot do!” he says.
Staircon not only helps the delivery but also supports engagement with the client, right through the process. Paul explains: “With the aid of Staircon, we’ll make an outline presentation to catch initial interest. Then the client may come in or go online to interact with the design process. We allow them to make changes, and they can see a fairly accurate visualisation of what we’re proposing. Staircon enables them to get involved in their project and shows them a model that is truly realistic.”
He believes that the software helps clients to feel that their ideas are achievable, saying: “Clients find it an awesome challenge to design a staircase, and getting hands-on helps make them feel relaxed that I have the solution to their problem.”