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trying to figure out how to do our iron stairs

murraymlDecember 12, 2012
I believe the iron stair guy said the the iron rods will not go directly into the stair, but into a bottom rail (as in the pics..) trying to decide if I should go with all straight rods, or add something to it, ie. rail with a knot in it or circle in it... or twist... If I do add one of those type rods, should I sequence every third or fourth rail... ie. (straight rod, straight rod, twist rod, straight rod, straight rod, twist rod... or every fourth (ie. straight, straigtht straigth, twist.... etc.)
Our furniture is transitional . I have lots of asian pieces, contemporary art work. My chandelier that will be in the foyer is the Solaris Orb pendant. Thanks !!
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olldcan
Is your stair a straight run, a switch back or eased. Also is it open or closed rise. Carpet or hardwood. When the rods go directly into the treads it looks quite different that if they go into a bottom rail, especially if your picking a repeating pattern.
    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 2:11PM
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olldcan
Are you picking something different for the handrail upstairs that overlooks what we see in the picture, foyer/greatroom?
1 Like    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 2:13PM
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Karen Heffernan
LOVE the solaris orb - I have it in my dining room :)

I think something like this would complement the orb pendant well, if it's not too busy for you.
Stair Remodel | Contemporary Iron Baluster Patterns | Stair Parts | Iron Baluste · More Info


http://www.stairsupplies.com/eng/products/wrought_iron_balusters/designer_series

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1 Like    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 3:02PM
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Cora Torres_Patek
Have you considered a pewter modern type of rails? Here is an example: http://www.custommade.com/3-story-railing-system/by/thirdstreetstudios/
2 Likes    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 3:16PM
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Karen Heffernan
these are great as well

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2 Likes    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 3:17PM
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Leigh Durand
That is a lot of railing and will make a huge design impact . Wrought iron is visually heavy. I would do very modern railings with brushed steel with glass.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 3:30PM
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PRO
K&L Construction Co;Inc
How about this?
    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 3:40PM
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houssaon
Since you have so much railing, I think it would look better with some variety. Take a look in the PHOTO section of Houzz, search railing in hall and entry. Here is a simple example where the railing that on first glance looks the same, but the twist is a different levels:
Lorraine Vale · More Info
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These custom designs would work:
Iron Work, hand forged custom Iron for Luxury Home in So. Cal · More Info
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Iron Work, hand forged custom Iron for Luxury Home in So. Cal · More Info
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I particularily like Karen Heffernan's first two suggestions.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 3:41PM
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judianna20
I like the Robeson Design that houssaon posted and run it up in the loft and down the stairs.
    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 3:49PM
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murrayml
these are the photos of the stairs.... (sorry, I thought I had added them earlier)
    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 7:11PM
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murrayml
There will be a black baby grand in the area by the window (next to the stairs). My Orb chandelier and my (retangular) dining room chandelier are both satin nickel finish.
    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 7:25PM
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olldcan
Are you having railing upstairs as well or are you going with a pony wall for that area. If railing and you need it to match I'd keep it more straight lined and simple, something like in the Lorraine Vale picture Houssan posted. Be careful not to over do it, sounds like you have an interesting collection to add and those items should take centre stage. Railing styles will come and go!!!
    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 7:28PM
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olldcan
I tried to find a few pictures of switch back stairs with a base and hand rail. *L* there seems to be a shortage of these on Houzz. In looking, I came across these ideas, I don't know if you considered something like this but thought they were very nice alternatives.
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    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 8:16PM
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decoenthusiaste
I think this is pretty.
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    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 8:27PM
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Kathy Loegering
I think these are kinda cool!
6 Likes    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 5:51PM
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Kathy Loegering
I like the left on better because it is lighter and more delicate!
    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 5:52PM
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orangecamera
Kathy, those are amazing!
1 Like    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 6:05PM
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murrayml
Yes I have printed out the one on the left and have it in one of my "favorite" folders just in case I ever win a million dollars ! Lol. The tree on the left is spectacular !!
2 Likes    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 10:43PM
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Kathy Loegering
I totally agree and I have the one on the left in my "dream home" file. I got the pictures off of facebook. The post was under "I love creative designs and unusual ideas"! I have several photos from there that I love.
    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 8:36AM
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Cora Torres_Patek
I agree, the one on the left is so interesting... do you think maybe you can find a local welder that can maybe do it for less money?
    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 9:48AM
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olldcan
I agree, it's totally cool and I love it however neither the rail on the left or the right meet building codes in my area. Depending on where you live, you may or may not have these codes to follow.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 10:53PM
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PRO
Emerald Ironworks
That space has clean lines. Perhaps a rail like the one I've included here? It could obviously be done with a wood cap that matches the wood floors. We custom built and installed these railings: www.emeraldironworks.com
    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 2:13PM
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