10-15-2010 02:06 PM
Injecting some new life into an existing staircase is a great way to bring a lot of personality to a home. Whether you are looking to create something really elegant or want something with a more rustic/traditional feel, the biggest factor in attacking a project like this is preparation. Look around for design inspiration, study up the techniques required, plan, plan and plan some more. I’ve included a link to a book called Building Stairs by “for Pros by Pros” that I’d recommend. It’s an instructional book that focuses on railings, trim, and specialty staircases. Let me know if you find it helpful and feel free to let me know if you have any questions as you prepare for this project.
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10-18-2010 03:46 PM
One important thing I wanted to add to ChrisFixit's note, I strongly suggest that you check with your local building codes regarding spacing of the Balusters (the up & down bars) as some cities have regulations regarding the spacing of each post for child safety concerns--since a child's head may become wedged between the Balusters.
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03-17-2011 12:40 PM
just installed crafted composite deck railing i went with using Fiberon Horizon Plus railing. it really adds style with out lossing the design aspect . Go read up on horizon plus railing at www.fiberondecking.com