Staircase Inspiration for 2020

Posted on January 6, 2020 by Heather Fritz

open rise curved staircase with curved clamped glass railing and long balcony railing

What kind of lasting impression does your front entry leave? It’s time to give stairs more attention. Stairs are often the feature of an entrance; the first place of welcome and greeting in a home. The entryway has the opportunity to set the feeling and tone for the rest of the home. There are so many spaces in a home that require our attention – kitchen, bathroom, living room, etc. And while they are all important, we believe the rewards are great for time invested in designing stairs and railing, with style. A staircase can tie together all aspects of your home. Not only are stairs and railing the primary focus of an entry, but they are generally visible from many areas of the home, giving them huge stylistic reach and influence. Stairs set the tone and style from the beginning, letting everything else flow from that place of inspiration. Here…

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Top 10 Modern Glass Railing Inspirations

Posted on December 3, 2019 by Heather Fritz

oak mono stringer with modern glass railing and oak handrail

With modern style at the forefront, our clients are constantly coming to us looking for modern railing options. Glass railing is a sure way to bring this style to your staircase.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Glass Railing

Posted on by Heather Fritz

A u-shaped staircase with dark brown wood newel posts and handrails, glass panel railing and carpeted treads.

Are you looking for glass railing? Here are 5 things you need to know before you start your project. By far, glass is the most popular choice for modern railing right now. It is a trending alternative to wooden handrails and spindles and we see why!

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Pushing Design & Style of Mono Stringers

Posted on June 19, 2019 by Heather Fritz

Modern Steel and Concrete Mono Stringer with Glass Railing and Walnut Handrail

Have you seen the latest mono stringers by Specialized?

At Specialized, we continually redefining the boundaries of what is possible for mono stringer stair style and structure.

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Horizontal Railing is Expanding Modern Railing Style

Posted on June 5, 2019 by Heather Fritz

Steel and Concrete Mono Stringer with Horizontal Cable Railing and Ipe Handrail

Are you dreaming of modern stair and railing designs for your home? You now have more options for modern railing! Changes to National Building Codes have made interior horizontal railing possible for home owners looking for modern stair styles.

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Creating Craftsman Railing that Tells a Story

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Heather Fritz

Custom Craftsman Railing

For this stair railing project, we helped a homeowner capture the beauty of his 1914 stain glass window by creating a custom newel post design. Take a client’s vision for railing, collaborate on design and add master craftsmanship, that’s the Specialized way.

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6 Staircases that Leave a Lasting First Impression

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Heather Fritz

white oak mono stringer with glass railing and stainless steel handrail

Does your front entry staircase leave a lasting impression?

We share our 6 favorite staircases from our design team here at Specialized Stair & Rail. Let these stair designs inspire you to make your staircase stand out.

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Guide: 4 Ingredients to Define Your Personal Stair Railing Style

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Heather Fritz

  Developing a strong sense of style for your home is equal parts art and science, and your stair railing is no exception. As master stair builders, we’ve guided hundreds of homeowners and designers, clarifying the design ingredients that inspire them. In this primer, we’ll cover some basic ingredients that define stair railings, then look at three (of many) design styles.  Finally, we’ll walk through images together, using the key terms to point out elements in each style to help you become comfortable with the look and language of each.  We guarantee you’ll end our primer eager to discuss your own tastes and preferences with family, friends and designers.

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Guide: 5 Keys to Unlock Craftsman Design for your Stairs

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Heather Fritz

Experiencing a strong resurgence since the first Craftsman homes were built in the early 1900s, this style remains a fundamental movement in North American design. Embodying clean lines that showcase expert craftsmanship, Craftsman style draws much of its inspiration from the out-of-doors. As master stair builders, it’s our pleasure to show you how you can use Craftsman’s various elements or ‘ingredients’ to define your home’s style and have your home showcase your personal taste.

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