March 21, 2022

Stellar Staircase Full of Subtle Details

I point out some subtle details that work together to create this impressive staircase of floating treads and glass walls. Because sometimes, it’s the tiniest of details that often exert the most influence in taking a project to the next level. And this staircase is no exception.


The amount of intentional design that went into this stellar staircase is staggering. And to really showcase it, we began with the flush baseboard shadow detail that continues all the way up the stairs. The landing was constructed from two oak cubes—which is not only visually interesting, but they allowed us to deal with the challenges of head height and the overall length of the staircase. We needed to create a situation where the staircase would appear to land on the oak cubes and then swing or wind out and down to floor level. A subtle but impressive detail is the ¼” deep negative reveal—it makes the cubes appear to be light and stacked on each other with intentional separation. They almost seem to be floating—mimicking the floating treads.


We plastered over the steel beams but didn’t want the beam to just blend into the plastered ceiling. We wanted to celebrate that they were different elements. So we ran a stop bead to keep the beam and ceiling separated. And we did the same thing at the bottom of the beam where it meets the oak cube—just enough of a separation to provide a crisp line. The negative reveal on the wall above and below the treads going up the stairs matches the depth exactly of the beam on the exposed side. And even the stair treads have a stop bead around them. Little details that add a ton of drama!

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.


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