Monthly Archives: April 2013

Balustrade Design

Balustrade design involves several steps that are narrowed down from concept to individual  components.  You may have an existing stair design from your house plans or that you intend to remodel.  From this basic shape the first consideration is they style of the space.  Balustrades are a very prominent feature in most architectural interior design. … Read More »

Wood, Stone and Wrought Iron Balustrades Throughout History hosts the largest collection of decorating and interior design ideas on the internet, including staircases and balustrades, kitchens, bathrooms and more. is a proud contributor to this great resource of architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement.  There is an article today on entitled “Lean on Me: Balustrades and… Read More »

Newel Post Height

There are several methods of how to install a newel post but the first step is cutting them to the correct height.  This height depends on the standard handrail height for your balustrade which is based on the building codes for your area.  Typically floor level balustrades must be at least 36” high or 42”… Read More »

Selecting the Correct Newel Post Types for your Balustrade

Wood Newel Posts are available in two main categories, each with virtually unlimited designs.  These categories are Turned Newel Posts and Box Newel Posts.  While there are countless designs there are also a couple of variations for each style, specific to their intended use.  These variations are most important with Turned Newel Posts and it… Read More »

Red Alder Stair Parts

Red Alder (Alnus rubra) is the most common hardwood in the Pacific North West and the largest of the American Alders, reaching heights of over 100 feet.  It has very little insect or disease problems or animal damage.  It is a fast growing species and trees can grow to more than 30 feet at by… Read More »

Softwood versus Hardwood Stair Parts

The terms Hardwood and Softwood are inherently confusing because they do not define a precise line between “hard” and “soft” wood types.  While hardwoods are generally harder than softwoods, this is not always the case.  The distinction between the two types is actual a function of reproduction.  All trees producing seeds, but the type of… Read More »