As a woodworker, rummaging through reclamation stores piques my interest when I find hand carved stair parts, doors and windows. In these pieces, individual skill of the woodcrafter is revealed in the details chosen and the level of craftsmanship and artistic license taken. Perhaps my most satisfying find is vintage newel posts. This anchor [...]
Glass balustrades intrigue me. They give a sense of nothingness, airiness, spaciousness and vulnerability. Handrails float above the stairs. Cantilevered steps purposely jut out of the wall and stairs without stringers attain a simple orderly zigzag. Between the two lies an opportunity to create a transparent balustrade or a unexpected design. Paneled glass, frosted or pitted [...]
~ DIY Transforming Carpeted Stairs into Wood Stairs ~ Carpeted stairs will eventually need attention to replace the carpeting or to transform the stairs with stain or paint. Tracie Stoll, a DIY/Crafting blogger, made this video of her stair makeover. For under $100 and borrowed tools, Tracie removed the carpet, cleaned, sanded, stripped, painted and [...]
Staircase landings are the transitional areas between flights of stairs or into rooms or foyers. Landings can be very traditional or they can be designed as eye-catching statements. Larger landings can become a quaint little niche for reading or gazing out a window. When you are designing your custom stairs, give some extra thought [...]
Transforming the Landing The transition area between floors or flights of stairs is the landing. This space has to meet code specifications but once those are met, you are left with a design opportunity that many people ignore. While the size of the landing has a lot to do with how the space can be [...]
Silent Treading Squeaking stairs are annoying and they can be dangerous. If you’ve lived in a home with talking stairs, you know the gyrations you’ve gone through when you’ve wanted to traverse either up or down the stairs with nary a sound. Stair squeaks are almost inevitable over time. Because the stair system isn’t a [...]
In celebration of the new Hobbit movie and J. R. R. Tolkien, I bring you stairs I found on Pinterest that remind me of the Hobbit series. I hope you enjoy them.
In 2003 the inventor, Dean Kamen, better known for his Segway invention, unveiled the iBOT 3000. This combination of software, sensors and electronics all wrapped up in a wheelchair looked to be the greatest advancement for people with disabilities since the electric wheelchair. Not only could the iBOT 3000 raise the person up to [...]