To create a “transparent quality,” Johnson says, he sought out a local metalworker to rethink the traditional cable railing system, which typically comes with a lot of hardware. “Rather than using thousands of dollars and dozens of hardware pieces, we used a tension mechanism to crimp the cables,” he says. To fill the gaps between the wood plank risers (and to meet code) they added simple steel staples.
The staircase is very personal — it’s a “word wall” that extends three stories. Seventeen family members chose favorite writings to go on the wall, which include everything from Yogi Berra quotations to beloved family recipes.