Whether building a new home or remodeling an existing one, custom stairs, and railings can add character to your property. A quality custom staircase and railing can also increase the value of your home. Some come in various styles, including straight, curved, spiral, and ship ladders. There are also many materials, such as wood treads, steel, and stone.
Staircases are a key element of any home design. They connect two floors and anchor the overall architecture of the space, creating a strong visual impact as you enter a room. Whether you’re working on an entire home renovation or a one-room renovation, incorporating a custom staircase design can truly define and showcase your style.
Choosing the best materials for your custom stair design can greatly affect your home’s overall look and feel. Various materials such as iron, wood, glass and stainless steel can perfectly blend style and function.
When choosing a material for your custom staircase, it is important to remember that each material has unique properties and limitations. For example, metal balusters are incredibly durable and are perfect for homes with children or pets, while glass can provide an unobstructed view of the stairs and open up a space without blocking the light.
Other materials that can be used for your custom stair design include marble, travertine, slate and granite. These materials are incredibly popular for homeowners who are looking to create a more minimalist feel in their homes.
Another common custom stair design option is to incorporate storage into the staircase layout. Designed so each step doubles as a high shelf, this arrangement provides an ideal complement to the overall floor plan of your home and can be particularly useful for narrow spaces or staircases that are built adjacent to large, unused walls.
Custom wood turnings are a great way to add an extra dimension of style to your stairway. Featuring intricate turned balusters and newel posts, wood turnings can help to create an eye-catching feature in any area of your home.
Using computer-aided design (CAD) software, you can have custom wood turnings created for your stairs to fit any size or shape you can imagine. These designs are ideal for stairways that have a lot of twists and turns over multiple floors, areas with limited space or for any type of stairs that aren’t easily accessible by standard steps.
Custom Stairs can be finished in a variety of ways to meet any design goal. From decorative moulding to traditional balustrades, a staircase can be tailored to fit your home’s style.
A custom finish is a costlier option than a factory-produced option, but it offers long-lasting durability and can be tailored to suit your specific design goals. Options include paint, varnishes, oils and polyurethane finishes.
Paints can be purchased at your local store or a painting contractor and are typically used on hardwood floors – satin or semi-gloss are recommended, as they are less likely to wear down the wood. The finish should be applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions and it’s best to buy the most durable option available.
Varnishes are a good choice for stairs because they protect the wood while allowing it to retain its natural appearance. They are also less expensive than wood oils and can be patched if they become worn or damaged.
However, a wood stain can be an alternative that is often preferred by many people for its ability to give the wood a more attractive look without the added cost. Whether you choose to stain your stairs or not, it is important to sand them well before applying the finish. Sanding will remove any loose or bonded particles, which will help prevent the final paint from chipping.
Another option is to use a pre-tinted oil or varnish that will add color to the wood and allow it to show its natural characteristics. This option is less costly than a wood stain and can be done on most types of woods.
If you choose to use a pre-tinted varnish, a test area of the same or similar wood is recommended to make sure that the color you’re looking for will be achieved. You should consider using a clear coat of varnish or wood oil as a primer before applying the stain, as this will allow for the wood to absorb and bind with the color more easily.
If you want to change the colour of your stairs, we offer a number of different options including pre-stained stair treads and risers that are already stain-ready. Our production personnel are highly skilled and can blend a wide range of stain colors. This is an additional cost but will save you time and hassle when your new staircase is installed.
The starting newel post is often the centerpiece of a stairway, and it should always match the style of the home. Whether you choose a traditional turned newel or one of our more streamlined box newels, we can customize your stairway to suit your architectural preferences and needs.
Our wood turned newel posts can be custom designed in any size, shape or profile. They can be shaped to work within corners, spaces with limited space, and stairways that have unusual twists and turns over multiple floors. Using computer-aided design (CAD) software, we can create designs that start out simple and then grow into something completely unique.
CAD software can also be used to design custom turnings for stairs and railings that require special shapes or sizes. These turnings are a great way to add aesthetic details that can turn your stairway into a truly unique piece of artwork.
Many of our newels have a rounded top, and they can be made in different styles, including chamfered and fluted. They can also feature recessed panels, rectangular recesses and raised panels. Some of our newels have a cove-like shape, too, and these are especially nice if you want to add some extra depth and texture to your stairway.
These newels are a bit more delicate than a chamfered newel and they come in a wide range of widths to meet the structural requirements of your stairway. They are also available in a variety of wood species, including oak, maple and walnut.
Another type of newel is a long-faced newel, which is used when the handrail extends on two levels or when it declines with the steps. This type of newel does not have a special fitting, so it is suitable for both horizontal and diagonal handrails.
Regardless of your choice, our box newels are strong and sturdy, and they are compatible with both wood and iron balusters. They are the perfect finishing touch to any stairway, and they add elegance and strength without taking away from your home’s overall look and feel.
You can even customize your stairway with newel drops, which are decorative finials at the base of the newel post. These add a unique element that makes your stairway stand out from the rest, and they can be used on both box newels and turned newels.
Using your imagination, a good custom stair design will enhance your home’s curb appeal while providing you with the functional benefits you need. The stairway of your dreams can be engineered to your specifications, and the end result will be a one-of-a-kind work of art that is sure to impress you and your guests alike!
The design and construction of a custom staircase are all about the details. The right materials, color schemes and finishing touches will make your home a haven to live in for years to come.
A top-notch stair and railing system will increase your property’s value, decrease maintenance and provide a safer environment for you and your family to enjoy. Prestige Railings & Stairs in Calgary can help you plan, design and build your dream staircase.
Best of all, you can be confident that you are getting a quality product and a great price. To learn more about our stair and railing products and services, contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you! You can also get a free estimate for your next project. We are a preferred stair and railing contractor for homeowners and contractors throughout the Calgary area. We have a reputation for delivering on time and budget. Whether you need the finest wood stairs or the most elegant steel and glass railings, we can help. We are proud to be a part of the communities we serve and look forward to assisting you with your future projects.