Excel Stairs can create almost unlimited designs and turn artistic concepts into perfect and practical staircase geometry, often for the high-end, luxury and celebrity market. Paul Elkin has been designing and building staircases for 40 years.
The company is an expert in digital design. It is a traditional family business that operates from a state-of-the-art 12,000 square foot factory, equipped with three CNC machines. Staircon from Elecosoft helps it deliver at every stage of the process from design through to production.
40 years designing and building staircases
Paul told us: “Staircase design is the art of capturing the correct geometry. Perfect geometry looks perfect, it glides through from one level to the next. We have often had artists present us with drawings that we had to make deliverable. When it comes to design, people go off the scale with their imagination. Many of the large producers have restrictions on what they can do – but we don’t.”
He acknowledges a range of benefits that have come from using the software: “The original reason for automating and pushing the use of Staircon was to allow me to escape from what were often very intense 18-hour days”, Paul related. “Now, all our staff are doing what they should be doing, and it is much more efficient overall. Of course, our staff have the craft skills and training to build staircases without the CNCs, but using Staircon to produce the drawing, the coding and the production data makes everything move through so much quicker, to get the job done. It helps us maintain ultra-high quality – after all, you’re only as good as your last job so every single one has to be outstanding.”
Staircon has allowed Excel Stairs to automate the whole production process, it has not changed the fact that every staircase is a unique design.
Read all about how Excel Stairs uses our staircase design software Staircon, or witness the production process itself in this video.