Stairs & Rails

This is a small sample of the different styles that are possible.  Please take a look and remember that all designs are only limited by your imagination.

This is a "Biltmore Style" rail system.  This style typically uses painted newels and balusters.  The newel is a box type newel with the center being open while the balusters are designed and built custom for each stair, due to the grid like pattern per tread.
Rails are always stain grade in this style.

This style goes very well in a Craftsman or Contemporary Style house.

This is a curved stair with one side open and an over the post rail system.  The treads are Red Oak with the rest of the stair using Paint grade Poplar.  Poplar is our choice for paint grade surfaces due to it's smooth surface, light graining, and generally light color.  The newels are Red Oak and the balusters are paint grade for contrast but both are the same turned shape.  This is all being topped off with a Red Oak rail.

"Over the Post" refers to the style of rail systems where the rail runs over the newel post continuous from start to finish, this simply means that you can put your hands on it and let it slide while you travel up and down without being interrupted by the top of  newels.
In the other version of rail systems the "Post to Post" is where the rails runs into a section of the post lower than the top and you would have to let go and then grab hold of the rail after the post.

Curved stairs do not always have to have curved walls on both sides.  This stair is using Antique Pine tread with Poplar stringers and risers. The rails are Walnut and cut to a custom profile the owner found while restoring the house.  The balusters were also a custom run but the choice to go with a painted over stained was something that we do a lot to break up all the wood color and allow more of the system to be defined.

 Character grade Walnut stairs, open both sides and free standing, newels and rails with "Rust" finished metal balusters.
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