This is a grand staircase I built for a renovation project on Queen Anne hill in Seattle. The house was originally built in 1892. My role for the job was lead carpenter and general contractor. The project involved building a three story addition, siding the entire house, new windows and doors, creating custom millwork, skimcoat plaster.
The staircase that serves three floors had to be rebuilt. I used off the shelf balusters with stock mouldings for the newel posts while the cap rail was custom milled.
The short flight of stairs below was a puzzle on how to hold it up without a post below. How I solved it was with a bent steel beam that attached to the cross beams above and below.
While the project was being framed the owner and I looked up from the first floor and decided that the staircase needed curved landings which really add a dramatic touch.
This view from the dining room across the hall into the living room is framed nicely with the use of the corbels in the doorways. They were cut off of ornamental beams that were removed from various roof overhangs on the house.
The crown mouldings throughout the house were all stock profiles that I simply used in layers to create depth and interest.
This intersection of elements was a challenge since I didn't want any of the three features to overpower the others.
This spindle work piece was here originally as the entry to the house. It was taken down and refinished and I reinstalled it.
I used another of the recycled corbels to break up the line of the crown mould.
I built these 9 foot tall library doors out of black walnut, keeping the leaded glass from the original fir doors that were too badly warped to use.
I had to frame the basement doorway with a couple short headers to achieve headroom over the stairs. I added a shelf that can hold art to add interest for the complex framing.