Stainless steel enjoys a strong and enduring reputation for visual appeal and structural integrity in a wide range of applications. This broad appeal has made stainless steel an ideal choice for value-adding luxury homes on Sydney’s northshore.
Spiral Staircase - Collaroy
One particular luxury home overlooking the beach at Collaroy was owned by former rugby league test captain Brad Fittler at the time. The home featured an external steel spiral staircase. However, its close proximity to the surf had caused the painted staircase to corrode in less than 12 months of installation.
Salt deposits had accumulated on the structure, causing the staircase to rapidly corrode in the harsh coastal environment.
Builder, Binet Homes commissioned ASSDA member, DJQ Industries to fabricate and install a stainless steel spiral staircase that could cope with the sustained salt exposure inherent with coastal applications.
DJQ Industries fabricated the new staircase out of grade 316 stainless steel supplied by ASSDA Major Sponsor, Fagersta Steels. The staircase was welded into sub-assemblies and electropolished by Regents Park Electroplating on completion of fabrication prior to installation on site.
The corrosion resistance of stainless steel in this environment and exposure to natural rain washing will mean this installation will have a long service life with minimal maintenance.
Pool with a View - Palm Beach
Substitute your morning coffee for a dip in this luxury home pool with a spectacular eye-opening view of northern Sydney’s beautiful Palm Beach.
ASSDA member DJQ Industries was contracted by Bellevarde Constructions to supply and install stainless steel balustrades, pool edging, fence and other household fittings.
ASSDA Major Sponsor Fagersta Steels supplied grade 316 stainless to DJQ Industries for the $200,000 project. The project was fabricated to meet all building and structural codes with finishes suitable for a marine environment.
The unique pool edge detail provides a less obtrusive mounting for the glass and stainless steel was used extensively in the construction of framework for the pool platform steps. Stainless steel items for the house included a chimney cowl, chimney cap, downpipes, trench type floor drains to bathrooms and sliding door tracks to all north facing walls on two levels.
The extensive use of stainless steel in this luxury home highlights the importance of specifying stainless steel for maximum corrosion resistance and enduring visual appeal.
This article featured in Australian Stainless magazine - Issue 33, Spring 2005.