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All kinds of staircases, stair work, newel posts, differing styles. Stairs are just fun, fun, fun.
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Far out floating staircase in Baltimore. Originally installed by "others" it was neither codeworthy or even marginally attractive until we got to it. We wrapped the whole thing in a hardwood skin, built the landing and did the railing and newels, mostly from off-the-shelf components.
“Staircase allow is for an open feel in a room even though it's in the middle of the room.” — mseaberg
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When we were finished these images were used on a realtors website as a sell point....
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When installed by "others", this staircase was not centered... it was off to one side. This presents a real railing challenge. This image shows the solution on the "tight" side, railing terminating into the ceiling. Courtesy Baltimore Architectural Detail
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This shows the code-worthy railing on the "less tight" side. Even here it took an optical illusion and some tricky compromising to hit code but it looks great and works great. In both these pics you can see the pegs used to affix the balusters, this is the correct way to attach balusters at an angle like this. The last step is trimming them.
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Solid maple flare set pending completion in our shop.
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Going from a standard stair / landing arrangement to an internal ("captive") flare allowed for a flush hallway upstairs as opposed to a drop / rise from the old house into the new house. No one really wants to have to step down and up to get down a hallway...
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Bit of 'splainin about what goes into our stair work...
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When you aren't sure what the newel should look like, or even if a newel is appropriate, consider alternatives...
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In this shot we clearly see the visible cabinetry front AND the cabinetry back!
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From this side, clearly we have solved a railing challenge as well as a storage challenge since this cabinet is also a cabinet which will store a solid 10 cases of vino between the visible front area and under-stair back area.
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Walnut staircase installed but not yet trimmed. This was one of the longer ones we have built with a rise of over 14'
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Finished. Note how the partial railing allows the stair width to appear constant even though technically the tread is narrower up top. The hand railing is powdercoated steel by "others".
“design” — edwardkamau2006
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Here is a beautiful shot of turned to look in the direction of the rise from the second to the third floor. The little window that is visible actually allows a bit more natural light inot the home office which is tucked into that space above the entry foyer area.
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Here is big brother from 1st floor to 2nd floor. This set has a rise of almost 15' and weighed over 700lbs when completed.
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Here is a shot of the same staircase looking up at the white / white / white trim and decorative elements which make this space unique.
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Poplar painted stairs, Black Walnut newels and railing we built. When we began this project there was no staircase from the 2nd to 3rd floors. There was just a big open space. Specifying the correct stair and placement was tricky. It was gratifying at the end of the project when we noticed a "shadow" on the exterior wall where the staircase would be located. This shadow wa...More
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Additional shot of preceeding staircase, note the boxed stringer used to help add strength and reduce bounce on this stair open on one side.
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“Stairs” — aharnden
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Rendering of desired staircase in cottage style home in suburban Maryland. Complex because the desired width was 48" and we had to rebuild in-situ over / around,etc., the existing set.
“Specs” — jmast4467
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Here you can see the railing appearing to "pass through" the floor area.....
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Since much of the entry foyer was already taken up by the stairs in this case, why not make them wider right? Much work was done and tweaks accomplished to minimize the impact on the window frame for visual reasons.
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Funky Ipe and TREX mix used on a porch in Frederick, MD.
“features” — edwardkamau2006
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Grim and dark, see next picture! Note that doorway was even notched into bottom of stairs to make transit feel more open.
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Even with the new upper railing and handrail something was just wrong with this area. We weren't sure what it was until we suggested a french door at the bottom.
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Partially enclosed White Oak stair to match the newels and flooring....
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Hand built White Oak newels to match the White Oak flooring.
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Fully enclosed poplar set from 2nd to 3rd floor in the same house.
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Rebuilt Red Oak newel and railing after a minor widening exercise on this existing 2nd to 3rd floor flight.
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Rowhouse in Frederick, MD. Railing added during 90's renovation. Absolutely wrong in appearance and almost as bad in operation....
“I like the photos in the railing” — Margaret Chv
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After some local poking around, we determined the home to date to right around the turn of the last century, just a twitch older than the city claimed. This disconnect between what a municipality says about the age of a structure and what clues may tell you is very typical. In this case, many of Fredericks property records were destroyed by fire in1912 so many homes were simp...More
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Now we see what the railing probably looked like new, correct run, correct placement, correct in a simple stain not painted finish.
“stairs” — hiway527
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Revised landing newel.
“stairs” — hiway527
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Pretty oak, stained and massaged a bit, looks older like the flooring!
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