August 12, 2021

Steel Stairs in the Cambridge Loft

I take you back to our Cambridge loft project to check out a steel staircase that will be a jaw-dropping architectural element. Let’s get started!


There are staircases that serve a purpose—getting you from one floor to another—and then there’s this staircase… intentionally crafted with a focus on style, design, and function that is going to demand your full attention when you walk into the room.

I’m really excited about this staircase that leads up to the primary suite. The existing structural steel that is completely exposed in this space is a huge architectural element. We’ve been working with Rich over at Costa Fabrications, who fabricated the C channel and installed and buried the post in the wall. The plate is bolted to the radiant panels—our subfloor—and the finished floor will come over and cap the steel—except for this C channel. This is a great detail; the juxtaposition of materials will create an interesting contrast.

We’re using wood treads with metal risers for the stairs. The bottom side of it will be completely plastered. A steel handrail with stainless steel cable will guide you up to the landing. And the electricians have prepped along the wall for lighting, which will wash down onto the steps.  


The radiant panels that are being installed have a plywood core and aluminum backing. The radiant tubing easily clips into the routed-out space in the panel. Once clipped in, the tubing is secure. And the benefit of the aluminum backing is that it helps radiate the heat up rather than being transferred down. Next, the panels will be glued and completely screwed down throughout the entire space.

Details the homeowner will never see once the finished floor is down, but it’s the little details that make a huge difference.

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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