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stairs & railing projects

Get a grip on your railing and stair options. There are lots to choose from, inside or out.

dormer addition
The new configuration includes a safe railing and handrail and a skylight, plus new treads and other finishes. Viewed from the living room, the stairs are now an architectural feature and an attractive invitation to go upstairs instead of an afterthought
master suite & misc main floor
The stainless steel cables with powder-coated steel posts affirm the contemporary design, and the Brazilian cherry cap reflects the intent of wood species selection for the doors.  The new railings, treads and risers are visible from top and bottom and signal that the time for change has finally come to this '60s home.  Next phase - basement or kitchen?  We're looking forward to finding out.
green exterior makeover
The porch is built with concrete footings, CMU, finished with pavers and caps, and stucco on the vertical sides.  Stucco in a darker green color is also a feature in the two-part siding, which combines with Hardiplank cement siding, divided by a wood belly band.  The new fiberglass entry door and natural wood soffits completes the look. The porch is anchored by a custom steel railing that is duplicated at the sidewalk entry to the home--a unique design feature that really sets this project apart.  All of the wood interiors of the windows were finished with a low-VOC finish--Osmo Polyx Oil.  Other low- no-VOC finishes were used in other locations.
dormer addition & remodel
Finishes were improved starting at the entry, with a complete rebuild of the stairs and railings. Now steel stringer railings with fir caps grace the stairs, and knotty oak treads lead the way upstairs.  At the top left side of the stairs, a planned wall was removed mid-project to allow for a wall to display family photos. At the top of the new stairs is a small linen cabinet and counter tucked into the hallway. Close-up of Seattle railing replacement.
whole house remodel
In their place, a contemporary open-tread system that lets light into the stairwell to the basement and has a peekaboo of the entry door. Seattle staircase remodel After deliberating about the materials and construction of the treads, the clients settled on white quarter sawn oak to match the new 4 inch planks at the main floor. The treads are solid laminated oak, and the landing is from the same material, in 3 sections.  A cap in oak on the center wall completes the look. From the upper floor, the change is remarkable: Open railings bring in more light.
kitchen & main floor
The adjacent stairs had been carpeted, with a non-code oak railing.  The new design, with steel stringer/powder-coated railings and carbonized strand bamboo treads and risers, is both contemporary and a huge improvement on the original design. Seattle railing replacement The railings and treads are also installed into the basement area, which means that when entering the home there is a consistency in finishes, wood tones and flooring.  The strand bamboo is installed throughout the main floor, with all new millwork.
whole house remodel
Remodeling at the front door creates a grand entry.  Porcelain tile in an offset pattern is understated and beautiful.  Now the main floor is appropriate to the era of the house, elegant and functional. Custom stairs seattle.
kitchen & entry
It all goes away, replaced with stainless steel stringer railings topped with a mahogany cap and handrail.  The wood matches the existing millwork and doors beautifully. staircase remodel Seattle The base of the railings is a steel plate 6 inch wide. It was a perfect and symmetrical solution for bringing together the new cork flooring in the kitchen with the adjacent red oak. There wasn't a simple way to break up the flooring, so having it converge on the steel point worked perfectly. The cork floors and a number of the materials used in the project were chosen for their sustainability.
First order of business: replace the front steps.   The newly poured concrete stairs are rock solid on top of a huge footing.  The homeowners had initially wanted the stairs clad in tile, but tile often pop during Seattle's freeze and thaw cycles each winter.  Instead, we used thick Bluestone treads to bring some visual interest and a nice finish.  New wood columns replace the crumbling brick with a style that just right for this home. Wrought iron railings finish out the look, and a newly poured walk and short stair by the sidewalk make the entry inviting.
spiral stair & deck
The custom stairs have masonry steps for aesthetics and function.  A middle 'resting step' gives a chance to catch your breath on the way up.  The landing at the bottom is a small addition on the main floor deck After: an entry with interest and accessibility.  The views are spectacular, and the new outdoor living space is used regularly by the owners, custom stairs seattle
custom craftsman home
Elegant white railings lead from the kitchen up half a floor to the master bedroom, Seattle railing replacement
major remodel
After: a gracious Ipea deck for barbecuing and entertaining, custom stairs seattle
second-story 50's rambler addition & bumpout
Railings are steel stringer inside and out Custom Stairs and railings from main floor close up The upper hall doubles as a lookout onto the expansive 2-storm atrium windows and down into the dining room
deck build & siding
The railings are built from Ipea and steel spacers.  Ipea is a very dense tropical hardwood that holds up very well in the Pacific Northwest's damp climate The Ipea was custom milled on site, and the spacers had to be cut at just the right angle for the stair section
baths & windows
Wainscotting added to the main stairwell, custom railing remodel
basement remodel
Stairs to the main floor got a facelift New custom fir stairs complete this stairway remodel seattle
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