According to Northern Stainless, a stairway to heaven for a Fannie Bay home in northern territory meant minimal upkeep in a potentially corrosive environment.
Northern Australia wanted low maintenance because the home owner is only 1km from the ocean. Northern Stainless home owner is well shielded from the sea but still electropolished to avoid tea staining.
The staircase used 560 kilograms of grade 316 stainless steel supplied by Atlas Specialty Metals in Berrimah.
Standing 4.5metres high and stretching out 3.5metres, the structure was built to complement the handrails around the pool area as well as the balustrades around the upper level of the dwelling.
A great deal of individual attention was given to the stair treads, using 3 millimetres of stainless steel which was laser cut and punched.
Further laser cutting was used to provide aesthetic features under each step. The two main stringers used 6-inch stainless steel pipes, which were electropolished to achieve their final look.
The end result was a spiralling stairwell from the pool area to the upper level of the home, which requires only minimal maintenance and looks simply gold.
The stainless steel stairway is provided by Australian Stainless Steel Development Association.