The Making of a Contemporary Entry Stair

A step by step description of how the entry stair was fabricated and installed.

In our Shenandoah Contemporary townhomes, we decided to spend a little extra on a stair that added an architectural element to our entry and great room. By creating open risers that you can see through, the usually narrow entryway becomes larger, and space is created beneath it for a bench, buffet, bar, or lounge space.

The steel stair was delivered before the tile was placed as not to cause any cracks. It was then brought through the front door and hoisted into place. Then limited welding was done onsite, and it was bolted at the top and bottom at specifically designed structural supports.

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The steel posts for the cable railings were then welded into place. The bottom post was core drilled into the concrete slab. Then the drywall was patched, allowing for the inside stringer to be embedded in the wall.

After the tile was installed, electrostatic paint was used to paint the stair stringers and treads black. The paint is designed to grip onto metal surfaces, creating a stronger bond. We chose black in order to reference the window and door frames and to contrast the white and light porcelain floors.

Steel cables are then installed to add a contrast of color and keep the design sleek. The cables are made of stainless steel fibers that are wrapped and tightened by a screw on each end fed through holes cut in the steel posts.

Finally, after the space was cleaned and cleared, real wood treads were brought in and secured on each tread. The wood is oak with a light stain and protected by a clear coat. In the end, we were ecstatic about the result.

The steel was fabricated by All Dade Fences (http://alldadefences.com/)

The Wood was made by Custom Wood Furnishing (www.customwoodfurnishing.com)


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