Arts & Crafts Stairway and Entrance Hall Remodel

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Project by Vincent Nocito posted 276 days ago 1441 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We live in a typical late 70’s colonial style house. The house interior was largely featureless with plain ranch style painted moldings, carpeted pine stairs and awful metal handrails. When the opportunity came to remodel the house, we opted for a warmer Arts and Crafts Period look to match our furniture.

We removed the old millwork, carpeting and railings. The metal front door was replaced with an Oak A&C style door with sidelights that feature leaded glass windows (photo 5 and 6). We had a contractor install the front door and I did all of the millwork for the stairs, door and hallway. I purchased a few hundred board feet of red oak and set to work milling and constructing. The staircase was in need of repair because of saggy treads that squeaked when you stepped on them. The original pine stairs were repaired and overlayed with oak treads, risers and skirt boards. The rails, spindles and newel posts are all stick build. The chevron detail in the railing mimics the art glass windows in the front door and sidelights. The doorways and closets now have built up faux columns at the openings. I used the IRC Stairway building code to ensure that spindle spacing and rail heights and offsets were compliant. The finish is GF Candlelight gel stain with GF Arm-R-Seal topcoat. After several months (= way too many months), I was able to do the final installation.

Overall, I am pleased with the outcome. It was difficult retrofitting a new staircase to one that must have been built after a hard night of drinking (i.e. NOTHING was straight , level or plumb). The remodel project continued into the living room, dining room and study. I will post that project separately in the near future. Next up is the second floor hallway and replacing the painted doors with wood doors.

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#1 posted 276 days ago

Very nice work Vincent

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 276 days ago

Very attractive work! Great match of the chevron detail in the lead glass with the railing—most impressive.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 276 days ago

Wow, I think you nailed it with this project. I like how you continued the glass motif in the balusters. I always like to see a great pattern or design repeated around a room.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 276 days ago

Work of great skill, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#5 posted 276 days ago

Hi Vincent,

Awesome job on the stairs, door trim. Your house is becoming special. Work like that is seldom done anymore. It’s expensive and most trades people don’t want to do it because it is either too difficult, of simply takes too long. I know you worked hard on it.

I have also bee busy with a special project in our bathroom. Here is a link to the post.

Keep up the good work.


-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#6 posted 276 days ago

Love the way it all ties in – excellent job
You’ve added tremendous value to your home

-- Greg Simon

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#7 posted 275 days ago

Oh man I love this.

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#8 posted 275 days ago

Project well done! This is something I will be doing, hopefully next year. Thank you for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 275 days ago

Great results. well done.

-- Guy,PEI

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#10 posted 271 days ago

Fantastic stairs and door! Great design and very well executed. Your house is looking awesome. Excellent job!

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#11 posted 271 days ago

Vincent, you’ve done a fine job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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