Discover how engineers can design bespoke stairs and balconies for your home


Staircases have the potential to add drama to the design of your home like few other elements. We look at how these and other engineered elements can really make a place…

Floating staircase with ambient lighting and a potted plant

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One step at a time

One of the best ways to add a flourish to your home is with engineered metalwork. Whether it’s to make a statement in one area, as a finishing touch or as a persistent design theme throughout your home, the combination of metal, glass and wood can really add the wow factor.

It’s something that not only looks great but performs admirably too – it’s built with precision for your space, with durability as well as beauty. Plump for a floating staircase or a steel spine staircase – whatever you choose will add flair that’s blended seamlessly with the rest of your design.

glass bordered staircase in a hallways with marble flooring

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Bespoke balconies

S & L Engineering have years of experience and knowhow in this area, creating bespoke contemporary staircases, balconies, gates and railing for a series of sensational homes. They’ll work with you from design onwards, with a range of RAL colours that you can pick from and add as the finishing touch to the powder coated steel work of your stairs.

There are other options on the table too – toughened safety glass on balustrades and balconies comes in other styles and thicknesses. American white oak is used to make the steps, but this can also be tweaked to fit with your plans.

first floor of house with glass balcony

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Heaven’s gates

S & L Engineering are as used to working outdoors as in, adding spacious balconies to bedrooms to really make the most of your outside space, or constructing secure but stylish gates.

iron gates in front of modern house with full height window

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All of their wrought iron gates and railings are manufactured in-house by hand and can range from traditional designs to completely personalised. To see a portfolio of their steel and glass stairs and so much more, visit them on Instagram and Facebook. Want to have a no-obligation chat about their nationwide services and how they input into your home designs? Visit them online at

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