[ENG] Construction 008: Brick staircase (part 1)

16/12/11 | ۩ |


The staircase between the cellar and the ground floor will be built over a concrete support, as done with the brick walls.
This time the concrete structure needs a more careful work because it already presents the shape of the steps and I must respect the exact sizes to lay there my bricks. A little longer or a little shorter than in my project, and the measure will not coincide with the upper staircases or with the door placed after the last step. That would change all a range of measures that, honestly, I don't know if I'd be able to adjust (up to this time, stairs were the hardest part to design).



After building several steps, I start to construct the basement of the side walls.
I decide to place the bricks along an oblique line with the same gradient of the stairs. In the documentation found, brick lines are always horizontal even in conjunction with stairs, but I'm under the impression that the oblique wall brings a more "ancient" look to the corridor.
Maybe it's wrong but I can't do without thinking of the tipical roman railings, which vertical poles were perpendicular to the stairs and not to the floor. You can see this in the reconstructions of ancient pompeian houses or in movies like "Ben Hur" (ok, that's not a good reference for a historic reconstruction, but anyway...)

I'll also take another 'poetic licence', building the basement of the walls with wooden sticks to give the exact gradient to the brick lines and spare materials for visible structures.



The stair still needs three steps to reach the ground floor but now I temporarily stop the rising and fill the joints with concrete.



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