Category Archives: Stair Restoration

Stair Restoration involves using old world stair principles to recreate it as it was a hundred or more years ago.

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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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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3 Items to consider when replacing balusters

3 Items to Consider when Replacing Balusters Updating Balusters to Metal | Naperville Stair 1. Bottom of Baluster Will there be a stain line on the bottom where the old baluster sat? This could cause the need to finish the entire … Continue reading

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6 Keys to Hiring a Stair Builder

1. Seek a Full Time Experienced Stair Builder Experience can’t be overrated. You don’t want an excellent handyman trying to build your stair. How many years experience does their designer have? How many years install experience does the installer have? … Continue reading

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Stair Remodeling: 3 Reminders to help it run smoothly

When remodeling your stairs you should know that it IS a full-fledged remodeling project, not a Saturday afternoon DYI project. Your stair has been installed into the structure of your home. Removing and replacing your stair can be as involved … Continue reading

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Amazing Staircase Series: The Nathanial Russell House

The Nathanial Russell House(1808) in historic Charleston, SC features two of the most noted curved staircases in the world. The two curved staircases are “freestanding” (no supporting walls beneath the stairs) and rise from the first floor to the 3rd … Continue reading

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Amazing Stairs Series: The Miraculous Staircase of Loretto Chapel

The Spiral Staircase at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe New Mexico is truly an Amazing Stair. The stair winds approximately 760 degrees total, more than two full turns, and is made of Spruce; it ascends a total of 22 … Continue reading

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Historic Restoration of A Curved Stair & Curved Stair Railing

Designed Stairs was called in to assess and restore a 1874 black walnut curved stair and curved stair rail. Abraham J. Hoffman built the stately River Forest Young Ladies Seminary in River Forest, IL in 1874. The building had many … Continue reading

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