ISSUE 42  |  Dark Shadows

10 Favorites: Wood and Steel Stairs from the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory

October 26, 2014 11:00 AM

BY Meredith Swinehart

As we prepare our Lessons from Japan issue, we’re appreciating neutrals, and we always appreciate stairs. Here are 10 standouts–in black, white, and natural wood–from members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory.

Above: A dramatic wood staircase in a new three-story house by Seattle’s Heliotrope Architects; the top floor contains the social spaces to take advantage of sweeping Puget Sound views. See more from Heliotrope in The Architect Is In: A Low-Impact Summer House on Orcas Island, Multiple Views Included. Photograph by Mark Woods.

Above: A modern stair with ebonized oak treads and steel rails hangs in a three-story vertical space designed by Alterstudio Architecture of Austin. The stair is backed by a wall of etched glass, with shadowy suggestions of the landscape beyond. Alterstudio was a recent finalist in our Considered Design Awards; read more in Vote for the Best Office in the Remodelista Design Awards.

Above: McInturff Architects of Bethesda, Maryland, added a guest house to a 1930s estate in King George, Virginia. The architects echoed the facade’s white brick in the stairwell. For more from McInturff, see A Forest of Wood in Northern Virginia

Above: Architects Qb3 designed a new open-plan house on a vacant Philadelphia lot next to a span of traditional brick row houses. The building uses a steel ribbon stair to connect spaces from the entry to the roof garden, four tiers in all. See Architect Visit: Qb3 Hoeber Loft in Philadelphia for more from the firm. Photograph by Todd Mason.

Above: This Cobble Hill home by Massim Design Studio in Brooklyn was the winner of our 2014 Considered Design Awards Best Living/Dining Space designed by a professional. The architect removed and replaced an existing stair to transform the “soulless vanilla box” she was presented with at the start. Get the project details in Best Professionally Designed Living/Dining Space: Massim Design Studio.

Above: In Brooklyn, Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture brightened a historic Park Slope townhouse by replacing the dark original staircase with a lighter version that has openings to reveal each floor. See more from the firm in 10 Ingenious Space-Efficient Kitchens

Above: In a San Francisco townhouse remodeled by Feldman Architecture, the main living spaces were isolated from the rest of the house by dark stairs and hallways. A new wood, steel, and glass staircase, flooded with daytime light, encourages residents to travel upward from the first-floor entry to the top-floor living space. Hear from Feldman in The Architect Is In: A Kitchen Expert Answers Your Queries. Photograph by Joe Fletcher.

Above: In another San Francisco design by Feldman Architecture, metal-screened staircases connect three floors while remaining open enough to allow parents to keep an ear on their three rowdy boys. A top-floor diagonal stair leads to a floating office and roof deck. 

Above: Elizabeth Roberts Design/Ensemble Architecture  of Brooklyn removed a non-original stair on the bottom floor of a Park Slope townhouse and exposed the original brick wall lining the period staircase on the top floor. Hear from Roberts in The Architect Is In: Elizabeth Roberts Adds Value in Brooklyn

Above: An ethereal, all-cream staircase by Deborah Berke & Partners in a Manhattan interior renovation. See more from Berke in Architect Visit: Deborah Berke in Litchfield County

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