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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Hiring a Professional

Drilling handrail for balusters

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 will bring industry knowledge and experience to your project. Woodworking and carpentry require familiarity with the material and an understanding of how wood will react once it’s installed. Due to its organic nature, wood is constantly moving and adjusting. An experienced carpenter will be able to utilize this tiered vantage maintaining tight trends and a sturdy banister.

Finding a carpenter you trust is imperative–after all, you’ll be inviting them into your home. It’s important to find someone who will stay on schedule and complete the work. Ask potential contractors and carpenters if they are licensed and insured to work in your area, and ask for proof. Doing business with a reputable company you can limit your risk and protect your investment.

If you have friends or relatives who have recently had work completed on their homes, ask them about their experience. Ask to see the quality of work and what it was like to do business with them. You can always reach out us. We will be happy help you find a qualified installer in your area.  Our toll free number is 888-390-7245.

Planning Your Remodel

Plan ahead for a successful project!

Remodeling, updating, and re-finishing your home can be great ways to increase its value and livability. Whether you have just purchased your home or have been in it for a while, making custom updates can be a great way to personalize your home and make it work for you. By focusing on the highly visible areas of your home, you can maximize your return on your investment.

Once you’ve decided to undertake a home improvement project, take time to do a little research. Look for images of homes you like. Take note of the styles, trends, and finishes you would like to incorporate in your own project. At this point, you may want to start discussions with a licensed contractor or someone who has recently completed a project that is similar to yours–they may have money-saving tips and ideas to help you plan your project.

Consider the way you intend to use the space during and after the remodel: you can replace a mantle in a matter of hours, but if you’re gutting your kitchen, you may not see a home-cooked meal for several months. It’s a good idea to discuss your upcoming project with other members of the household, so everyone knows what to expect.

In addition to planning the function and design, have a clear idea of your budget and schedule.

Sometimes it helps to think about your project in phases. By beginning with the end in mind, you can ensure that the finishes you select at the beginning of your project match the finishes that you will be selecting as you complete it.

Starting Steps

Starting Step Right Side

 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 staircase by providing a proportionate base for wider newel posts and handrails.

Starting Step from AboveStarting steps have made a resurgence in contemporary stair design. These exaggerated first stair treads are a great way to establish a tone for your stairs and to draw the eye up the newel post and across the entire balustrade. Starting steps also provide utility and functionality when stairs meet a landing by allowing multi-directional access to your stairs.

Starting steps are typically described as “single bullnose” or “double bullnose.” This refers to the overall shape, specifically whether the step has room for a radius cap or volute base on one (single) side or both (double) sides.  The deciding factor is usually a wall on one side of the step. Also, notice that there are specific starting steps designed for use with box newels.

When ordering a new starter step, measure across the existing stairway. This will ensure the correct fit. If you have questions, please contact us. Our toll free number is 888-390-7245.

Starting Step From Side