November 8, 2021

A Staircase With Old World Charm

I take you back to our Southie project, where we check in on the progress of the custom vanity and prepping the window sills for stone. But what I really want to draw your attention to is the staircase that winds its way up three floors and just screams Old World charm.


And what exactly is “Old World charm?” It’s not a literal architectural style—for example, Cape Cod, Colonial, or Craftsman. It’s more of a look or feel of a home’s exterior and interior that brings to mind the countryside of Europe and the stately homes and estates dotting the landscape. It’s about details, scale, and reclaimed materials. But recreating Old World charm in a home doesn’t mean the homeowner has to sacrifice modern conveniences or an open floor plan.

NS Builders focuses on intentionally designing, constructing, and finishing to give our homeowners exactly what they want. And this staircase is no exception.  


We’ve built a new staircase to go from the second floor to the third floor. And we have mimicked a lot of the details of the original staircase below. We sent a sample of the profile of the original handrail out to be recreated. They will also design a wreath that turns to go up the staircase and repeated on the next level. The original railing is lower than code, and although we’re not going to change that one, we will transition the new section of handrail as it continues upward to reach a code-compliant height. It will seamlessly transition—your eyes won’t notice the difference—and it will appear as if this new section of stairs and handrail have always been here.

Instead of going with a more traditional square-style, we loved the Old World feel of this staircase and the curved lines of the ceiling, which we replicated on the next level. It’s incredible how just this one detail can add so much charm and flair.  

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally craft for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen.

—Nick Schiffer


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