Choose a Specie of Wood.
Some of the more commonly used species include: Red Oak, Maple, Poplar and Yellow Pine. Brazilian Cherry, American Cherry, White Oak, Mahogany, Hickory, Douglas Fir, Black Walnut, Beech, and Ash are examples of some more exotic choices available to you.
Choose an Open or Closed Stairway.
An Open Staircase has both treads and risers visible from the side of the stair. The treads extend beyond the stringer. A Closed Staircase is one in which the ends of the treads and risers are not visible from the side. They are hidden by a wall or stringer.
Choose your Railing Series/Collection.
This is the style of the handrailing, ballusters/spindles, and posts which best reflects your personal style and the design of your home. Would you like to use wood or wood with iron for your rail system? Are you interested in a Traditional or a Contemporary look? We will be happy to sit down and discuss your design options.
Sometimes a homeowner may want a staircase that defies categorization. They’re looking for a staircase that will stand as a one-of-a-kind expression of their vision for their home. One such custom example is described below…
Capital District Stairs was called upon to duplicateand to preserve as much as possiblean unsafe and unstable rail from a 120-year-old home. The owners wanted the new railing to be identical to the original railing. They further insisted that some piece of the original railing be incorporated in the final product.
The task was complicated by the fact that the railing style was no longer available in prefabricated form. Capital District Stairs met this challenge by first creating a template of the existing railing. We then contracted with a company which produces custom shaper-bit profiles. Using the template, they machined a shaper bit that would enable Capital District Stairs to duplicate the original railing in our workshop.
Capital District Stairs crafted a completely identical mahogany railing, including historically accurate spindles. In addition, we reconstructed and restored the original posts. We removed and dismantled them, rebuilt and strengthened their internal support structures, and cleaned, sanded and finished them to match the new duplicate railing in appearance.
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Capital District Stairs met with the client who showed us magazine photos of staircases that inspire and excite her. On this basis, we developed a look for the staircase, including at the client’s request treads that flowed seamlessly from the wall. The species of wood was discussed, chosen, and custom milled. Capital District Stairs also worked collaboratively with the builder to ensure that all structural and safety standards were satisfied while we fully met the client’s aesthetic expectations.
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