Custom Staircase Design: Nautical Newel Post

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Stairs are a functional part of any multi-story building but they are also a wonderful opportunity for creative design.  Unique shapes and detailing on a staircase can give a room loads of personality and structural interest.

 

Take this staircase designed by South Shore Millwork’s Project Manager, Gerald Whalen.  Jerry worked with the homeowner to create the nautical theme on this newel post.  He meticulously worked out the details to create a distinctive focal point for the home’s entryway.

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Initial hand-drawn rendering by Gerald Whalen

And then a CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawing was created with specific measurements for fabrication.

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CAD drawing based on hand-drawing rendering

The staircase newel post was assembled and installed on site by our expert craftsman. staircase newel nautical design, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New England

The lantern that sits on the top was custom fabricated by Northeast Lantern based on specifications provided by Jerry.  The lantern is made out of antique brass with clear “seedy” glass.

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If you are looking for something creative for your next remodeling project or new home, let the talented professionals here at South Shore Millwork help.  Our Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company can create custom design millwork elements to fit any style.  Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided in the Boston area, throughout New England and beyond.

Custom Staircases: Form Follows Function

mission style custom staircase detailStaircases are basically a method to get from one point to another.  Most designs stick to the basics, putting safety and stability before aesthetics.  But when form is considered as important as the function, staircases become a focal point.

Above all “stairs, rails, and handrails are subject to building code requirements.  Code restrictions apply to rise, run, handrail, and guardrail heights, structural strength and other issues” according to the AWI book of Standards.  Once code requirements are met, limits are only as small or large as the imagination.  Each of the pieces and parts of a stair can become an important design element.
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Below are some examples of staircases using creative components that South Shore Millwork helped create.  Note the interesting design elements for each one.

The stained handrail and gooseneck adds flair to this traditional staircase.stairs, staircase, stairway, gooseneck, baluster, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New England

In contrast to the traditional staircase, this example shows a staircase designed in the Mission style.mission style stairs, staircase, stairway, baluster, newel, architectural millwork, architrectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New England

Curved handrail and fluted balusters create interesting dimensions to this staircase.custom staircase, stairs, stairway, handrail, baluster, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusettts, New England

This starting newel makes a strong statement…

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The dark stained stair tread is a nice contrast to the white painted riser.

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If you are looking to make your staircase’s form just as important as its function, South Shore Millwork can help.  Our Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company can create custom staircases and other custom woodworking elements to fit any design style. Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided in the Boston area, throughout New England and beyond.