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Victorian Splendor traditional staircase

Victorian Splendor

Originally designed by J. Merrill Brown in 1887, this Queen Anne style home sits proudly in Cambridge's Avon Hill Historic District. Past was blended with present in the restoration of this property to its original 19th century elegance. The design satisfied historical requirements with its attention to authentic detailsand materials; it also satisfied the wishes of the family who has been connected to the house through several generations.

Photo Credit: Peter Vanderwarker

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california57 wrote:
How did you bend the wood skirting? - I have a similar bend and am using oak wood skirting. Any advise would be helpful on how to bend the wood skirting board. Thanks
   Comment   June 10, 2013
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June 17, 2013 at 5:11am   
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Ted Green
there are a few ways to bend it.

you can laminate it (make it out of ~1/8in strips glued up and clamped in a MDF jig made up to the proper radius).

it can be steam bent (difficult for anyone not accustomed to this type of work).

or you can make perpendicular cuts (with a sliding mitre saw and a jig) every ~3/8in down the length of the board. these cuts should cut through all but about 1/8in of the board. then construction adhesive is spread over all the cuts and the board is bent, glued, and nailed into place. when the construction adhesive dries it adds some structure to the bent board.
September 2, 2013 at 5:56pm   
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fwalker wrote:
What type of wood is the wainscot / trim and can you tell us the type of stain (if any ) that was used?
   Comment   March 9, 2013
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Thanks for your questions! This wainscoting was existing to the house (over 100 years old) and is antique cherry. The wainscoting was refinished in areas and was custom stained to match.
March 12, 2013 at 5:41am     
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Hauata P Jepsen wrote:
Need to put something in this space - What can i put in this circle area its a bit bigger than yours but its not an actual room and we just moved in please help.
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Wonderful question! It's hard to suggest something to put in your space because even the littlest details can change a space entirely. However, you can never go wrong with a simple seating arrangement, two chairs and a small table.
March 18, 2013 at 4:55am     
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misspre wrote:
Carpet - I really love the carpet I want to know who put it in and were you can get it. Thanks
   Comment   January 19, 2013
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Thank you for your question Misspre! This carpet is very special. It was designed to replicate the existing carpet in the house prior to renovation. It's completely custom and can't be purchased.
March 29, 2013 at 8:51am     
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mozzystarling wrote:
What is the type/design of chandelier, please?
   Comment   December 31, 2012
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Thanks for your question! The chandelier is from Yankee Craftsman Lighting.
January 2, 2013 at 6:36am     
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trunyon63 wrote:
Wall color - I love the green shade on the stair walls. Can you please tell me what it is?
   Comment   October 26, 2012
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Thanks for your question. The green paint color is Farrow & Ball, Lichen No. 19. As a reminder, in digital media true colors vary.
October 29, 2012 at 4:52am     
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