Adding a Staircase

A home staircase can be eyesore or a crowning accomplishment for those entering through your front door. The first and most important act of a homeowner is to make the choice of materials and colors.

Your existing staircase is rich with remodeling possibilities. On the other hand, if your intent is to create from the bottom up, you will be able to find a near-endless supply of examples and creations on the internet or in magazines.

One can only imagine the endless possibilities that exist all around us in the buildings and homes we have privy to on a daily basis.

Success will depend to a great degree on how well you are organized. Set about systematically to choose handrails, newel posts and spindles that will match the décor of your home.

Take time to consider what areas will be painted and what areas will be covered with wood.

When remodeling or building a home, it is important that you take into consideration the building codes that apply. The building codes will cover all aspects of your home including how your stairs can be constructed. Emerald Woodworks is your partner, and will make sure that codes are followed, and you end up with a staircase that is both safe and beautiful.

There are many things to consider when looking at a new staircase.

  1. Start your search by determining the type of stairs you want to build. You can choose from spiral, straight, winding L , double L, or U shaped stairs. Space is the biggest consideration in making your choice. Keep in mind that it is a lot easier to maintain or be creative with the same type of stair that is already present.
  2. You can also get a lot of information from the internet from websites that list building codes for cities and counties. Just note that your city or county may not be listed, and you might have to do a little more searching.
  3. Your local city or country building department can provide helpful information on the codes you’re looking for and can help point you in the right direction.
  4. Another source of information can be from people you know who have successfully remodeled or built new staircases in their own homes. Always double check though to make sure the information is dependable. At Emerald Woodworks, we’re experts in creating great staircases, and we’d be happy to help you determine what will work best for you.

Professional staircase builders like Emerald Woodworks will be able to assess your particular needs and provide you with all the relevant information you need.

(Adapted from “New Staircase Remodeling Tips” by the Pike Staircase Company)