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    • Next Level Stairs

      February 10, 2022

      One of the best building trends we've seen in recent years is a move to open staircase designs. With open railing systems and open treads, these types of stairways create an airy, light-filled effect on both the top and bottom levels that they connect. Little wonder why homeowners and designers are moving more and more to this trend.

      Of course, there's a little bit more to creating stairs like these than simply framing them in. The right tradespeople are vital to bring a designer's open staircase design to completion. One of our go-to's for this type of work is Rick's Woodworking out of Salmon Arm -- Rick and his son Craig provide us with beautiful wood staircases and other fine wood finishing. And when we need metal work on these types of stairways, we often turn to Al Babakaiff from AB Welding in Salmon Arm.

      When we put these two trades together, they create beautiful marriages of wood and metal. That's certainly the case with a stunning lakefront home we're completing in St. Ives on the Shuswap's North Shore. You can see photos of their close-to-complete work below. The open tread design and the spacious mid-point landing make these stairs a central focus in this home, rather than simply a way to get from one floor to the other.

      We're working hard to bring this home to completion. Tile is almost done, and plumbing finishing is also underway. A few minor cabinet finishes and counter will follow, along with final electrical finishing. Supply and other issues have brought numerous delays to this project, but we're on the home stretch, working hard to be able to wrap it up and hand over a beautiful new home to its owners.