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Banisters Installed on Stairways

Newel Post on StairsOnce our new stairways were installed, we needed to add handrails to pass code. The lower stairs were easy, needing just a single, long handrail, attached to the wall. The upper stairs were more problematic. One side was open, about half way up, so the banister would naturally terminate into the wall. But the stairs continued up beyond that. Lindon City code requires a continuous rail from bottom to top. So we had only two options:

  • Bannister on left side up to wall. Full handrail from bottom to top on right wall.
  • Banister half way up connected to a handrail by a curve in the handrail.

In order to make the design look simple, we chose the second option. It had a more complicated design that involves curving the handrail around the end wall to make one continuous rail from bottom to top. But the final look was cleaner and simpler, with less material.

Curved Handrail on StairsI really liked the idea of a modern, metal banister like those I had seen in magazines. Sam and I had seen an advertisement at a local movie theater for a Garbett Homes. The ad showed pictures of a home that had the kind of rail I really loved. I was able to contact Noel Ballstaedt of Garbett Homes. He was kind enough to track down the manufacture of the metal rail and get his contact information for me. Greg Henson, of Premier Metal Works gave me a bid on a gorgeous cable railing system. Unfortunately, the single rail specification was our undoing. The curve in the handrail portion was too complex to do at a reasonable cost and our only option was to have the cable rail on the left and then a full  metal rail on the right. Not wanting the duplication, we decided against the modern metal rails.

Still, I wanted something with very simple, clean styling. No fancy balusters or swirling rails. We decided to anchor the banister with a craftsman style newel post and went shopping for the banister.

Banister on StairsWe got banister bids from Mike Watts at SunRoc and John Rose at Best Woods. The bids were comparable and either would have worked, but Mike took the time to come out to the house to measure (as opposed to estimating based on our description/measurement), so we were confident that his bid would be accurate.

The only thing left to do was to choose the baluster. I wanted a simple design and I wanted brushed nickel. Give the popularity of brushed (or satin) nickel in fixtures, lighting, and hardware, I was shocked to find that nickel balusters were almost non-existent. John had never seen one. Mike used to sell one, but it had been discontinued. And looking at home stores and stair parts stores came up short.

After literally weeks of searching and calling, I happened upon Indital USA. Much to my surprise, they had the perfect nickel balusters! We ordered two plain square bar balusters and one single knuckle baluster per step. All in warm nickel!

When all the bits and pieces finally arrived, Brad’s crew installed them and our painters finished them. They used the same rosewood Minwax Gel Stain that are on the custom front doors.

The stairs are beautiful and add so much to the look of our entry. Good work all around!

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  • sueBee October 14, 2010, 12:33 pm

    The stairs are beautiful! What a gorgeous addition to your home. 🙂

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