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jharriett wrote:
How are the wood boxes attached to the steel structure. - We are installing similar stairs. The wood boxes were glued to the metal treads, but now the wood is splitting and joints are separating. Can it be caused by temperature differences between the wood and metal, or moisture trapped inside, or what?
   Comment   October 14, 2013
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josh wynne construction
The water based adhesive caused your very dry wood to swell and eventually crack. I would not have used anything less than 1.5" material, personally. Also, I would have used a lock miter in lieu of a standard miter. Just a carpenter's perspective. I would consider using a trowel applied wood flooring adhesive to secure your treads.
October 15, 2013 at 5:07pm     
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jejg
we have a stair project in Illinois and would like to know how the treads are attached to the wall - using steel embedded in concrete wall? did you use a stair 'system' or all made custom?
January 1, 2014 at 11:52am   
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jessiccuh_cx wrote:
Teen bedroom - What would be a great color for teenage girls?
   Comment   July 2, 2013
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this is a staircase. best to let your teenager choose a color they like and work with a color consultant to pick a timeless version of the color.
July 2, 2013 at 2:28pm   
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jchan110 wrote:
Tread thickness - Can you please share the thickness of these treads? They look like 4" to me, but I would love to know for sure. I am trying to make my final decision on my staircase and need to decide on the width of the tread. Thank you!
   Comment   June 23, 2012
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The treads are thicker than 4" to minimize the opening between each tread to meet building code.
June 25, 2012 at 7:53am   
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jchan110
Thank you!
June 25, 2012 at 8:05am   
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bbrunettij wrote:
How was this stair constructed? Does it have a steel structure that holds the stairs concealed in the wall? Does each tread have an interior steel support? Thank you for your answer, I am trying to built one of these and still can't decide which is the best way to support it.
     Comment   February 14, 2012
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Hello, These are indeed wood boxes on cantilevered steel treads.
We recommend consulting with a structural engineer if you are
designing a similar staircase to ensure the supporting wall structure
will function as designed.
February 14, 2012 at 6:50am   
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Norris Architecture wrote:
How do the building codes allow you to build a stair like this without a gaurdrail on the open side?
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motherbear
Owner could have signed a waiver or perhaps put up a temp rail in order to get the certificate of occupancy...then taken the rail down.
January 10, 2012 at 1:51pm     
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Webber + Studio, Architects
The owner's of this house removed the glass panel originally installed during construction.
August 23, 2012 at 7:41am     
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marlene2 wrote:
Hi What grade timber floor and type of floor is the timber treads. thankyou
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cuongtv
Love it very much
June 17, 2013 at 1:06am   
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Oak & Broad
Character grade hickory floors, the stairs would be select grade. Hope that helps you :-)
June 17, 2013 at 7:02am   
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Alan Brookman wrote:
How did you get this past code inspection without the requisite guardrail on the outside of the stair?
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motherbear
They probably put up something passable for inspection & then took it down. The inspector isn't on the guest list of any ensuing cocktail parties...
March 22, 2011 at 2:20pm     
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The stairs were inspected and passed City inspection and met all local codes. The original design had a glass panel attached to the treads and ceiling, the owners opted to remove the panel for better airflow and openness after they moved in.
November 6, 2012 at 9:44am     
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Jason Ball Interiors, LLC added this to Inspiration: The Floating Staircase
Use space beneath stairs as a special retreat. With treads nearly the size of trees, this substantial set of floating stairs meld beautifully into the side wall. In this setting, the cantilevered stairs leave open a sitting area underneath the stairs, a perfect little hideaway to read a book. Cantilevered stairs are possible by tying in some type of structural support (typically steel) into the framing of the house. The stair tread is then attached to this support allowing the stairs to be supported on only one side.
John Hill added this to Cantilevered Stairs: Walking on Air
Here the wood steps are created from the same wood as the adjacent wall, projecting from it without any obvious connection. It's safe to say that the supporting structure is hidden within the steps and behind the wall. Many local codes would require a rail on the right but somehow this stair exists without one.

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