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Turning found objects into art and using space wisely

The underside of this staircase serves as storage for both the kitchen and the powder room on the other side of the stairs. An old timber measurer, and wooden snowshoe provide warm, artistic decoration to the light walls. The mast from a sailboat the client used as a child finds new life being repurposed as a stair railing.
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April 24, 2013
dthomasc wrote:
Where is the staircase banister from.. what ideas do you have for banisters and creating them?
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Go Nautical Collections
Very original!
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Smith & Vansant Architects PC
Thanks, it is very fun when whimsy and nostalgia can be integrated into the practical needs of a space.
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December 13, 2012
maryrcross wrote:
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Smith & Vansant Architects PC
Hello,
It shouldn't be too difficult - the trick is to locate the framing behind the wall finish, in this case the studs behind the painted gypsum wallboard. You can probably find the hardware at your hardware store, but depending on the implement you should look for heavier duty hooks, brackets or screws that can support your implement and secure to the framing. If it is a potential hazard if it falls, consider using some wire to hold it in place to help minimize risk.
Hope that helps!
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October 18, 2012
KC Alliance, Inc wrote:
I was curious of the type of flooring and finish?
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Smith & Vansant Architects PC
Hello,
That is a salvaged wide plank pine floor, variable widths and planed to 3/4" thick, with a natural urethane finish - it comes out quite beautiful.
Hope that helps!
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May 29, 2012
parkerek wrote:
Where can I find a door like this?
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Smith & Vansant Architects PC
Hello,
Since these are custom cabinet doors, I might recommend you contact a good local cabinetmaker.
Hope that helps!
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January 22, 2012
bluette wrote:
I'd love to know the wall and trim color. They look great. Thanks.
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The Shabby Nest
Try Valspar's Balcony (wall color) and Snowcap White (trim color).
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Vintage tools become interesting folk-art pieces when displayed in new ways.
This is one of the hardest working staircases in America. It leads up to a studio over the garage as well as a guest suite over the kitchen. The bookshelf contains the client's cookbook collection and a small television; the cabinet contains glassware and to the left of it (not seen) is another niche that contains a microwave.The stair's handrail is made from a mast from the client's childhood sailboat; they left the rigging on it. That tool over the barware cabinet is an old timber measurer, which serves as sculptural found object, as does the snowshoe hung in the stairwell.
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1. Use them as sculptural found art. In this farmhouse renovation, a farm implement becomes a sculpture. Beyond it, the owner's sailboat mast from childhood serves as the railing, and an antique snowshoe rounds out the found object vignette.

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