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Dizzying heights of staircase design


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Focusing on artistic quality not quantity, Chet Redmon, owner of CR Custom Ironworks, forges designs for his customers that you won’t find anywhere else. “People want to see more substantial size in scrollwork,” notes Redmon, “and the popularity of the floating winding staircase is also on the rise.” This staircase shows how curves have taken over in staircase design and can be complemented by custom made chandeliers, like this 30’ long chandelier consisting of 47 hand blown globes, designed and built by Redmon.


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What started as a desire to move the location of the kitchen resulted in a whole house remodel that sports an urban loft look and feel. The staircase, moved from another location in the house, was designed to allow for light infiltration from the front to the back of the home, shared Clint Evans, Principal Architect and Co-Owner of NSPJ Architects. “The chunky wood treads look and feel substantial, yet when viewed from the side, offer a lighter appearance,” said Evans. Tube steel was custom fabricated for the rails and the rods angled to pass through the treads to save on space. The cables are attached with turn buckles on each end, adding to the clean lines.


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Not everyone can brag that they have a tree in their home, but this homeowner can. Styled off of a weeping willow tree, this staircase was designed to be inviting while adding interest to the lower level. “We were asked to help create whimsical elements throughout the house by adding unique features,” noted Gary Brown, owner of Gary Brown Homes. “Made of several diameters of steel tubing and wrought iron, it was a challenge to make the tree branches look natural.” The tree was delivered in 5 pieces and welded together.


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This beautiful custom staircase was designed by Arlene Ladegaard of Design Connection, Inc. with the clients in mind. The homeowner requested an exclusive design, customized for the many curves of the railings. The design was composed of many separate pieces resulting in several areas having to be welded together. A faux painter completed the handrails in a dark bronze custom finish along with the ironwork in a complementary finish with gold details that blends with the many finishes in this stunning entryway.


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Studio Build was approached with the task of re-working the stair treads in one of Bruce Goff’s eclectic Kansas City homes. They arrived at a solution that integrated replaceable carpet tiles that are framed with walnut hardwood. The carpet tiles provide a softer surface to walk on as well as help provide a buffer for the acoustical challenges that occur with open staircase design. The vertical divider was original and allows the staircase to feel extremely open. All 30 treads were built and pre-finished in their fabrication shop.

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