Modern Staircase

Earlier this year we built a modern staircase and handrail, installed in a beautiful new modern home here in Richmond, Virginia.

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First up, creating the pieces and parts to make a staircase and handrail.

Next step is installation. First the stringers, then the steps, followed by the handrail, and finally the glass panels.

Detail photo of the clips we fabricated to hold the glass panels in place. Photo by Rendersphere.

Final installation looking fantastic with the home owners great taste in art and interior design. Photo by Rendersphere.

Two sets of exterior hand rails

Last fall we created two sets of matching hand rails in a simple curved design and installed just in time for the winter holidays.

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We used a traditional half-oval cap rail for this piece, so named for the shape of the material in profile. In the first photo Kyle is creating the terminal curve at bottom of the steps. In the second photo, he's checking the angle of the curve as it spirals downward. The last photo shows the heat scale or oxidized steel that forms on the surface of the steel as it's heated and forged. This scale is cleaned off before a finish is applied to the steel.

And here are the two sets of completed railing installed! A nice simple but elegant design.

Summer of Railings

Do two sets of railings make for a summer of railings? Does making them at the peak of the summer heat in a sweltering studio with just a few fans blowing on the blacksmiths make it count? Yeah, we thought so too.

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We're really enjoying these minimal, open designs. This first small handrail was installed in a porch with slate steps.

This second railing design required a pair to complete the sweet little brick path from the street up to the house. Notice the detail at the end of the handrails. This was a particularly fun design!

If you're in need of custom railing (now or dreaming for the future), take a look through our Architectural Ironwork gallery and the railing posts on our blog. We love to create custom designs to fit a client's needs, and we can usually provide a few options to fit a variety of  budgets.