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Style And Elegance

December 28th, 2012


Making a conscious effort to display finished work, I present you with the installed version of a previous post Balustrade. I could have added several other adjectives to the title but no number of them can describe what these photographs do. How does it go? A picture is worth a thousand adjectives or something like that? Coming from a structural background where most of what I am involved with ends up covered in sheet rock, it is certainly more rewarding to have a project like this on a resume. This is the focal point of this home and First Flight Stairs, from concept to creation, worked with the general contractor and their clients to embellish the interior of the home. The railing and balustrade installation took less than one day due to every prefabricated section fitting accurately together, in unison with staircase previously erected. What is particularly striking to me is the up easing connecting the lower balustrade to the upper balcony. It seems to lend an even “flow” to the stairs symmetry, creating a natural juncture between the two. The front door inlay pattern was also a consideration in the pattern chosen for the balustrade. The nosing for the staircase was coordinated with the flooring install a few weeks ago, so that it was adjusted for the flooring thickness. Usually, the flooring color choice dictates the species and ultimately the stain used for the railing, in this case mahogany. The wall coloring being light accentuates the dark wood flooring.


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Reclaimed

November 7th, 2012


The poignant aroma of seasoned wood greeted anyone entering our shop for the last few days. Reclaimed heart pine is the species of the lastest First Flight Stairs creation, which makes for a difficult choice of which I enjoy the most; the smell or the beauty of the lumber. Using reclaimed lumber is an ecologically sound decision by recycling and reusing lumber that would have been burnt or scrapped into a landfill. Heart pine can have areas that are very dense due to heavy concentrations of sap. It is more dense in comparison to new lumber, being fully seasoned makes in stronger and stable as well. It adds a special charm to any home it graces with the knowledge it was around in another form as far back as the eighteenth century. Reminants of it’s previous life are shared through nail holes and grain pattern variations. The rustic apperance is milled and planed into a product, such as these stair treads, prove this timber still has plenty of life left.

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