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Staircases

  • Installing Iron Balusters

    This method is fast and reduces epoxy cleanup.

     
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    Products

    Snow-melting stair mats; modulating gas fireplace; efficient heat-pump water heater; permeable pavement; sump pump; more

     
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    Installing Housed Treads and Risers

    Shims and adhesive lock the parts together into a squeak-free unit.

     
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    Bessey TSC4.516 Staircase Clamps

    Does the mere thought of your next stair job — all that tightening and loosening by hand of dozens of large clamps — have your carpal tunnel syndrome acting up?

     
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    Crown Heritage EasAlign Handrail Joiner

    Joining stair handrail sections requires painstaking fitting and fastening, but the EasAlign system by Crown Heritage can make the job easier.

     
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    Manufactured Deck Railings

    These durable systems are much easier to install than site-built rails.

     
  • The design for the staircase is centered on folded stainless steel. Hung from a structural steel support on the top level of the townhouse, vertical folded pieces create a continuous screen that encloses the two above-grade flights of stairs. Tabs on the bent risers are fitted into slots on the vertical pieces, which created an easy setup for on-site construction and spot-welding.

    Dynamic Descent

    Dean/Wolf Architects designs a folded stainless steel staircase for a Manhattan townhouse.

     
  • Building a Cantilevered Stair

    A hidden steel frame allows these wooden stairs to defy gravity.

     
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    Fine Foambuilding

    After supplier quotes for the 1,000 ornamental balusters in a planned luxury home’s porch railings came in at $150 apiece, BOJ Construction of Boston decided to look elsewhere — namely in-house.

     
  • Hidden Hatch

    Unwilling to sacrifice floor space to a standard stairwell in an already compact floor plan, architect Richard Morongell designed and built this custom hatch cover.

     
 
 
 
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