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Should painted balusters be installed at the same time as the stair or later?

If you are buying a stair with a balusters in a contrasting material, such as painted balusters on an oak stair, a question will likely come up about finishing the stair. Should my painter finish the balusters (loose) and finish the stair,  then … Continue reading

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Victorian Stairs and Rails ; Features That Make Them Grand

Victorian foyers tended to be rather narrow and long.  Despite the frequent space challenges, they managed to fit the most grand stairs and rails in that space.   The mark of a Victorian staircase;  the huge Victorian starting newels.  Victorian … Continue reading

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Curb Appeal Moves Indoors

We often talk curb appeal the first thing a prospective home buyer sees.  Real Estate professionals say a buyer makes up their mind if they will buy a home in the first 3 minutes of walking through your front door.  So … Continue reading

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What space is required to fit a curved stair?

A curved stair takes far more floor space than other types of stairs.  Ideally you want a large square space to allow for the most gracious and elegant curved stair.  You can narrow and tighten up the space, which will … Continue reading

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Transforming Your Home by Installing a Hardwood Stair

We get many calls where people no longer want carpet on their stairs and what to upgrade to a custom hardwood stair.  What most people don’t realize is that stairs are a structural item.  Stairs don’t come out easily.  Replacing … Continue reading

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Why are descending volutes used?

A volute is that “Curly” piece that is at the start of many stair rails. A standard volute shape will have a rail fitting attached to it, called an “up easing” .  The up easing allows the rail that is coming down the … Continue reading

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Hand Carving Stair Railings

  Rough Block to be Carved into a Hand Rail Fitting   Often curved staircases, and a occasionally straight stairs, have complicated railing requirements calling for twisting and turning of the rails that cannot be made by bending the rail … Continue reading

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Flooring Thickness Plays a Key Role in Your Stair

Flooring should be decided upon before you finalize your stair design.   Your flooring is typically not installed until after your mill-made stair is in.  By planning ahead, you can allow for your flooring (thickness) when calculating the stair, and it will make installation cleaner and … Continue reading

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Timing is everything with a Curved Staircase Installation

Curved staircases like straight stairs, should be installed after your drywall is primed and before your finished flooring is laid. Curved staircases and rails take a considerable amount of time to build, so getting the stairs ordered early will help … Continue reading

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Premium Wood Stairs for Outdoor Living

More and more we are investing in the highest quality products for outdoor living spaces.   We want our outdoor space to be another room to relax and entertain in.  No longer is the “deck” stair enough, we want top of the line, indoor … Continue reading

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