from a blank canvas to....

   a simple, yet elegant finished painting that fits the environment.


Staircase Design Tips:

  1. "Never force a square peg into a round hole"
    Get acquainted with the architectural theme of your home.  If the home has a craftsman feel, then a classical style freestanding  curved staircase may be introducing a foreign element to the overall design mix.  Be aware of  the concept of "Continuity of Design".  Mixing the use of materials and wood species is accepted procedure (within reason).  Mixing design themes is often an architectural disaster unless supervised by an interior design professional.  When straying from the KISS method (Keep It Simple Stupid) have a big hammer, a lot of money to remodel, and a ready supply of headache medication. The term "simple" does not imply boring,  or a lack of originality.  Eclectic design can be a financially dangerous road for the novice.  Get second opinions from those you know would be honest with you.  contacts (a subtle hint).  If it's never been done before, there may be a good reason. I never squash creative originality, but not everyone is a socially accepted artist.

  2. "A picture is worth a thousand words"
    Gather photos from this site,  anywhere on the web,  or any  books & magazines. There are some great architectural, furniture, homebuilding, woodworking magazines on-line.  Anywhere you can find pictures. The local library is an often overlooked good source of information.   Discover and identify the different architectural themes that you enjoy looking at.  This is a great spring board to creative thinking, and helps convey those thoughts to others.   If you type the word  "Stairs" into any search engine (like the Dogpile search below) you will have a day's worth of surfing into photo galleries at various stair builder/ and stair part manufacturer websites. 
    Hmm...maybe the phrase should be "one word is worth a thousand pictures"? 
    Before you wander off to surf the web, don't forget to add
    Staircraft  to your Favorites folder.
    Dogpile Search

  3. "Haste makes waste!" 
    My 3rd grade teacher always said that.  She was so right! Take YOUR time and don't be pushed into living with someone else's idea of a good thing.  It's your house and your money and you are the one who lives with your decisions.  Start with good, thorough planning and eliminate last minute surprises, delays and stress.  Overnight shipping costs can kill a budget.  By taking the time now to educate yourself about your project, you will ultimately save yourself time and money later.  If you are taking the time to read this, you already have the tools to succeed; patience, the ability to read and comprehend, and a computer with a web connection.
    Learn how to effectively streamline the design/estimating process .

  4. "Every rose has it's thorns"
    Material choices
    greatly effect the everyday practicality and safe use of your staircase. The most common and often regretted faux pas in my opinion is the choice of using full hardwood treads as shown in the finished photo at the top of this page.  Although they are beautiful to look at,  the practical use is compromised by the very slippery walking surface. I always advise against this choice strictly from the hazards associated. See staircase safety information.  Full treads are usually a more expensive finish than partial treads with carpet and pad combined.  Grandma's hip replacement is really expensive,  and we can't forget the cost of the attorney representing your klutzy neighbor's insurance company!  If you have kids and pets, full treads often show the wear of heavy traffic in just a few months.  A  household "shoes-off" (or "toenails off ") policy just added to the inherent dangers of navigating the slippery slope.  Think over your choices and imagine living with them from every perspective.  Ask the opinion of someone who currently lives with a choice you are contemplating and see if they would do anything differently if given the option.  Sometimes the risks are worth it.... ask grandma her opinions.

  5. "The only stupid question is the one that remains unasked"
    It never hurts to involve others in your design process.  Ask questions!  Send me an email.



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