Remodeling Your Home? Here’s How to Emerge Unscathed

  For many homeowners, remodeling their home is a stressful event. Couples often experience marital strife during major home renovations due to financial stress, disagreements about things such as paint color, and the general chaos that tends to ensue when your whole life is turned upside down for weeks–or even months. While the end results… Read More »

Finishing Basement Stairs

Depending on the design of your home, you may have stairs leading to your basement that are unsightly and hazardous. This may be a great place for you to invest in the value and utility of your home. For the purpose of this post, I will consider a rough framed stairway that I would like… Read More »

Painted or Stained Balusters

You’ve decided on wood balusters. You may have even settled on a design, but the question inevitably comes up: painted or stained? Although this typically comes down to personal preference, there are a few things you should keep in mind when you are selecting your finishes. First, be aware that “stain-grade” wood is generally better.… Read More »

Hiring a Professional

Building or remodeling a home is a very personal experience. People who are successful in the industry understand that building relationships and earning referral business are part of the job. As a homeowner, you’ll want to find someone with whom you can communicate–it is important for them to understand and realize your vision. The right contractor… Read More »

Starting Steps

 Starting steps protrude into a room at the base of a staircase and may be visible from several sides. This added surface area can showcase  materials and finishes of the risers and treads. It can also be used for base newel posts or elaborate volutes.  Substantial starting steps can also give scale and balance to a… Read More »

Can I Reuse my Old Stair Parts when Remodeling my Banister?

One question that many of our remodeling customers ask is whether or not they can reuse any of their existing components. In addressing this question, there are several things to consider: First, what condition are the existing components in? Second, what is the purpose of the renovation? Structural, aesthetic, or both? Third, will these components… Read More »

Stair Makeover – Changing Newel Posts

Newel posts are the largest component of a staircase.  Because of the size and complexity of newel posts, they are also often one of the most expensive parts in the balustrade.  It is for this reason that the newel post doesn’t always match the scope and style of the railing system.  Simply put, while you… Read More »