After we built the stair structure, we run into the choose syndrome about the balusters. This picture is my favorite version, bright and clean. I was going to stain the poster and railing with nature color, but when I stained the treads, The poster was dyed by accident:(
Our first choice is glass railings, but i don’t understand why they are so expensive?? The local glass store gave a very rough estimate was at least more than 10k, and they even didn’t do the template. Our budget was really short at that moment, so we have to look for something else.
I also like the steel string balusters, but looks like we need more posters. I saw someone customized beautiful steel railing with vertical steel balusters at very reasonable price, I’m so jealous because everything in MA is soooo expensive!!!
We went back and forth, back and forth, then we decided to go with one of my favorite design. This is the picture of my friend’s wedding, I was so in love with this stair, but someone told me, you need custom those steel railing, and they are really pricy, did you see the steel fence in boston common? They are also customized. (I was like…what’s wrong with you, I’m not going to make this house so luxury please…) Very soon, I found a alternative stuff, the aluminum deck railing, which is cheap and low maintenance. (how smart!)
The baluster is really easy to install. It has two screws holes on each side. only thing needs to notice is, when we rebuilt our treads, we add wood on each side inside the drywall, so we can screw the bottom side directly into the wood. If there is no wood, you will need to use the anchors.
This is the picture I was installing the balusters before I went to vacation. We just installed these much, and left it as is for like two months(because I’m lazy….). I came back in a month and then my parents came. My dad helped me finished a lot of my lazy left over work, I asked for extending their vacation and he rejected. He said I’m not gonna do all the work for you, this is your home. My mom was like oh I need go back to work (she retired maybe two years ago…) So, the day before they escaping from my house, we installed all the balusters until midnight.
Here are some details of the balusters.
The treads suppose to have a round front, I cut it to almost square because I don’t like round. (very picky!)
That’s my lucky string. It was on the railing of our old house. Now it’s here!
This is the front view of the stairs, pretty special, right?
This is the view from dining room.
And this is the back view.
More entryway renovation posts are coming~