Category Archives: Design Concepts

Staircase and balustrade design possibilities are virtually endless. They provide an exciting opportunity to use your imagination, be creative and personalize your home.

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 »

Combining wood stair parts with wrought iron balusters

If you are considering a wrought iron baluster pattern, you may be wondering whether you should choose a full iron balustrade with handrail, posts, and balusters or a combination of wood stair parts with wrought iron balusters. For interior balustrades, where sun and weathering are not an issue, first consider the stylistic aspect as a… Read More »