Book HouseContemporary Living Room, Seattle

Interior Design: NB Design Group; Contractor: Prestige Residential Construction; Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

Inspiration for a contemporary light wood floor living room library remodel in Seattle —  Houzz
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Claudia Gonzalez_Eyres wrote:Aug 11, 2015
  • eah4

    Beautiful. Is the floor white oak? What finish is on it?

  • Nikki Dupuis

    Can you please provide the dimensions of the posts? Are they square?

Susan Collacott Fine Art wrote:May 20, 2016
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    DeForest Architects
    Hi, Scott. Thanks for asking. What you see is a steel plate stringer and treads that are fabricated out of sections of steel 'wide flange' (aka I-beam). The stair and railing are code compliant so there are no spaces greater than 4" in diameter for kids to slip through (6" at the diagonal between railing and stair treads.) This was a custom design so I am not able to share more details. Best of luck with our project! --DeForest Architects
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    DeForest Architects
    Oops. Make that Your project...
Allison Scanlan wrote:Feb 8, 2015
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    DeForest Architects

    Hi. It is actually not a paint. The steel was cleaned, blackened and sealed. That is what gives it the nice variation and luster. Thanks for asking!

  • Allison Scanlan

    Hello, I'm about to begin finishing a stair railing and a beam and when I asked my finisher for blackened steel he didn't know what I was talking about. So I began researching and I'm finding it quite a controversial topic. There are a number of houzzers looking for this answer as well. Could you tell me how you blackened the steel in this project?

wcapin wrote:Sep 7, 2014
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    DeForest Architects
    Hi, Wendy. That is rift sawn white oak with a custom stain color that was mixed on site (so I don't have a spec that I can share.) A good local flooring subcontractor should be able to create something similar. Best of luck! John
  • wcapin
    Thank you so much John for your reply. I truly appreciate it. Best to you, Wendy
kf99 wrote:Mar 17, 2017
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    DeForest Architects

    Hi, and thanks for asking. That was custom designed and fabricated so not commercially available as a product.

boomieandbuggy wrote:Jan 8, 2017
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    DeForest Architects

    Hi. Thanks for asking. Every metal shop seems to have their own secret recipe so I can't offer any one in particular. Here in our own office, we have used a product from Jasco to prepare the steel and/or Pentetrol as a topcoat.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Becky Harris added this to Houzz Tour: Reading Shapes a Seattle HomeJun 23, 2014

AFTER: The rift-sawn oak bookshelves are set between the main entry and the library/living room. “The warmth of stained white oak plays against crisp blackened steel accents,” DeForest describes. The shelves keep things open between spaces, but the books and other collections partially close the room off, giving it a more intimate feeling than a wide-open floor plan would have.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

delaney18 added this to 2643 Eastwood: Steel BeamMay 9, 2019

Idea for Steel frame between dining in kitchen

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