Architectural Staircase

Architectural Staircase
Painted Risers & Balusters Add Drama & Rhythm
Painted Risers & Balusters Add Drama & Rhythm

Notice the details on this architecturally pleasing staircase.  The rise of the stair is relatively low which gives it a graceful appearance and comfortable step.  To save space, there are no landings at the 2 corners and instead the steps are pie-shaped.  This feature also lends the staircase the grace of a curved staircase but without the expense.  The only particularly difficult component is the twist of the railing to match the turn of the stairs.  Painting the risers and balusters white creates a very pleasing rhythm in the cherry treads and railing.  The newel posts step back from the last tread creating a sense of welcome.   The staircase is also quite wide at 42″.  The shaker-like paneling also creates a pleasant counterpoint to the detail of the staircase.  At the top of the stairs, the railing forms one “wall” of a hallway leading to 2 bedrooms.  Skylights and a window at the top of the stairs help bring light down the stairway to the 1st level and brightens the stairway itself.  Roof detail prohibited skylights directly above the stairway which would have been ideal.

Skylights, a door and window help light the stairway
Skylights, a door and window help light the stairway

This is the home of a friend in Southern California.   It was built approximately 4 years ago.



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