HGTV’s most outrageous homes will feature an $11 million house in Riverton Utah on its “Top 10 Outrageous Homes” this fall. Woodstairs is proud, behind the scenes, contributor to this amazing project through the stair parts supplied to one of our customers, Titan Stairs of Utah. Titan Stairs has been a WoodStairs customer for half a dozen years now and we have worked on many amazing projects with them. They are true craftsman whose projects include some of the most elegant and richly detailed custom stairs and balustrades in their area. Of the many professional stair & balustrade and trim companies in Utah, Titan Stairs (with branches in both Salt Lake City and St. George) is widely regarded as the best. We highly recommend them and are glad to see their work showcased in this article and the upcoming episode on HGTV. The acclaim is well deserved.
There are many features of this home that helped to warrant it’s inclusion in HGTV’s “Outrageous Homes” episode. Of course, our interest is specific to the stairs and railings. So what exactly make the stairs themselves stand out as outrageous? The answer is in fact, nothing. The stairs and banisters are not unusually extreme. Still, there is something about them that helps to enhance the overall extravagance and uniqueness of the home.
In fact, were every aspect of the home over the top it would probably not be recognized as the beautifully luxurious home that it is. According to John Pickett, of Titan Stairs, the thing that makes this home and it’s several stairs and balustrades stand out as extraordinary in his mind was the “integration and attention to detail.” Paraphrasing, John, the designer, Julie Stuehser, was meticulous in creating each space as a collection of details that perfectly defined the whole. So, in his opinion, while there were many unique and amazing features it was the overall integrity of the design that Julie, the builder, Upland Development and the homeowners envisioned, that made the home in its entirety something special. Passing from one room to the next, as you can see from the images, the design is completely different but according to John, “It is as if they could be from different homes, but the transitions are seamless.”
The home has several staircases, each with different balustrades that reflect the specific style of the room. The entry consists of a grand circular hanging staircase by Titan Stairs. It includes Solid Stair Treads with Paint Grade Risers. The Balustrade itself is an elegant continuous system with Victorian Style 2015 traditional turned balusters and 3015P newel Posts. Again, extraordinary only in the perfect complementarity and symmetry of the stair and balustrade design with the rest of the entryway.
Moving from the entry to the great room in the rear of the home, you will encounter another balustrade that is very different from the entry, with threads of similarity that ensure a fluid transition. The handrail, like the main stair, is a traditional alder but the balusters and newel posts are now craftsman. The stair is still clad in solid treads with paint grade skirtboards.
Still other systems in the library and basement maintain the profiles of the stair parts while replacing the lighter and contrasting paint grade with richly stained alder components. These rooms tend to be warmer and, if it can be said of an $11 million mansion, homier.
Check out this local news article to read about and see the many amazing features of this home. Woodstairs would like to congratulate Julie Stuehser, Ryan Taylor of Upland Development, Titan Stairs and of course the homeowners, Mr. and Mrs. Ewell. The recognition for the immense artistry, design and craftsmanship that goes into such awe-inspiring project is well deserved and WoodStairs.com is happy to have contributed in our own small way.