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Custom Wood Stair Treads to Match Your Flooring

Villa Collection by Signature Hardwoods  Elk Grove Village IL Twenty years ago if you wanted hardwood flooring, it was pretty much limited to “red oak 2-1/4″ strips”.  Today we can choose from imported tropical hardwoods, and engineered flooring from laminates to bamboo, … Continue reading

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Choosing a Hardwood for your Staircase; Understanding Grain for your Design

There are two main design features to consider as you select a wood for your trim: color and grain.  Color can be adjusted through stain, while grain gives the wood its style and character.  Grain is the more important consideration when … Continue reading

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Choosing a Hardwood for your Staircase; Wood Color

Stair in Walnut There are several species of hardwoods that have very bold natural color, such as cherry, walnut, and mahogany.  Historically these were the most desirable woods, due to the  natural beauty and no need to stain or color them.  These woods … Continue reading

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Hardwood Stairs in Cherry; Key Items to Consider

For hundreds of years cherry has a been a desirable wood species due to its beautiful natural color; it’s subtle grain lends itself to elegant applications.  Cherry is an excellent wood for furniture, cabinets and stairs. Cherry is easy to … Continue reading

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Finishing Maple Stairs

Maple is popular wood for interior trim, flooring and stairs. Maple Stair Clear Coat Maple has natural beauty with a smooth surface due to its closed grain properties of the wood. The hardness of maple makes it a great choice … Continue reading

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How to Fix a Squeaking Stair

How to Fix a Squeaking Stair A squeak in a stair is generally caused as the lumber dries out over time.  Hardwoods are regulated by industry standards for a moisture content of 6 – 8%.  This matches the moisture content inside … Continue reading

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Staircases for Small Spaces

There are a number of stairs that will get you from one level to next while using very little floor space.   Here are the options along with the space needs, cost and ease of use. A spiral stair is a … Continue reading

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Controlling Stair Costs

A common question I hear is “how much does a stair cost?”. Budgeting for Stairs The price range of stairs is very large; from a pine boxed stair for a basement – a few hundred dollars, all the way up to … Continue reading

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Chicago Stair Trends

Chicago Stair Clean and Simple Lines Chicago is known worldwide for its wide-ranging and remarkable architecture.  It is a little known fact, that Chicago is the stair design capital of the United States.  Chicagoland has more developed stair design and … Continue reading

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Budgeting For Stairs

Budgeting For Stairs When you are planning your construction project, it will be good to know how much to allow for your stairs. There is a strong relationship between the total value of a house and the amount spent on the … Continue reading

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