Ok, I know I haven't even finalised the plans yet, nor bought the MDF or even confirmed that the joiner will cut it for me but......I have a spiral staircase!! The last time I wanted a spiral, for Flourish & Blotts, I built a metal kit. This experience was definitely not good for my health.
So when I saw the work of Vic Gonnelli I contacted him to see if his wonderful wooden staircase could be sent to the UK. Well as you can see it arrived on Saturday and it is perfect in every way.
The cost even with postage has worked out less than the metal kit version amazingly as I would have had to purchase extra stairs for the kit in order to get the height required for Honeydukes.
Of course I didn't tell Vic the whole truth, that I would be spraying it a very definite shade of pink!! Most importantly I will not take the risk of super gluing my fingers together....again!!
With the arrival of the staircase I had to have a little play with my cardboard model, despite the fact that I still haven't fully worked out the plans.
This was how I had originally planned the ground floor but there is not any room for Bertie Botts and I feel Honeydukes has to have this cabinet somewhere.
I have also found some 4 inch postal tubes that will be the basis for my very tall windows.
Here I have taken out the double unit, replaced it with a single and the blank unit could be Bertie's display but this seemed to limit my sweetie shelves. All the units are from Ebay, already painted in cream which will be an ideal undercoat.
This option place the staircase tighter to the corner and side window very much like in the photographs I have seen of the the shop. This means I can have a double unit as well as Bertie's display. Plus I have room on the shop floor to add another display table for all the delicious jars and bowls full of sweeties.
Now I really should finalise the building plans and get to that joiner. Or I could just keep the cardboard one and play with that a while longer!!