Custom Walnut and Steel Contemporary Stair Project
At the start of the project we installed dust protection to protect expansive open concept home. Laid low residue protection mats on the existing walnut flooring. Then we saved the lower section of the existing stairs to be able slide them in and out of place for the children to get back to their bedrooms. This project was also progressing through the covid lock down so there was virtual learning going on on the other side of the dust protection.
This project proved to be a greater challenge then we could have imagined. End final product turned out great, but the labor costs were higher than expected.
The prefabricate stair railing assembly came in exactly what we anticipated with hours of templating and shop drawings being approved prior to placing the material order.
In order to blend the new prefab stairs with the more standard stairs on the upper run, we ordered matching walnut stair treads to fit between the existing skirt boards and sit on the old treads after cutting the nosing back. These steps were originally covered in carpet which hid many imperfections from the pass carpenters. My carpenter had to custom cut three sides of each tread to fit. Many contemporary stairs have no nosing but the client wanted a more industrial look to blend with other steel in the home so we added the square raw steel to the front treads.
We painstakingly worked through the layout of the cable rail post that was not predrilled like the beam to 3.5” walnut tread connections on the lower portion of the stairs. Once we had the posts temporarily clamped into place, we ran a string line through the top and bottom location to verify the summitry of the layout.
All in all the client was pleased with the final look. The quality and precision of the prefab stair system was excellent. We look forward in building more of these stairway systems in the future.