Thoughts on this staircase for our foyer.....

threeapplesJune 26, 2012

I want the treads and railings to all be stained wood, no painted elements. I'd like a historic looking staircase that makes sense with our house, but am not sure what to do. I've decided against the curved stair and this is all the stair guy has come up with as an alternative. The curved design would have allowed to be a floating stair and then see the staircase into the basement, but I think that's not the right choice for our Georgian style house, right?

and here's my inspiration photo:

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palimpsest

I think it is kinda too much. For what is it is worth the staircases into the basement level of our Greek Revival buildings were mostly open.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 1:51PM
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palimpsest

Your inspiration is from a Manorial-sized new build, and is based upon English/Scottish Georgian.

I would look at American Period houses for a more applicable starting point.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 2:28PM
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threeapples

Im just using the u shape as inspiration, as well as 2 landings. Is that shape not consistent with a Georgian?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 4:01PM
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lavender_lass

This may not be your style...but it's still dramatic and has the basement stairs underneath. From Cottage house plans

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 4:09PM
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palimpsest

I am going to email you about the steps.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 5:35PM
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palimpsest

Here are the steps at Mount Pleasant

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 5:57PM
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threeapples

the curved is what the stair guy really wants to do, but it seems to have less character to me. does anyone else agree?

i can't open your first link, but am about to check out the last. thanks!!!!!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 11:20PM
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auroraborelis

Here is one of the pictures suggested by mydreamhome

Traditional Staircase design by Chicago Architect Burns and Beyerl Architects

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 12:15AM
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auroraborelis

Is your goal to keep it open underneath like your inspiration photo?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 11:26AM
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threeapples

I decided keeping it open to the downstairs is a little too much for our foyer.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 12:12PM
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auroraborelis

It is a beutiful design, but you would need a particular grand and large foyer to make it work.

Also, I can imagine the building and engineering costs for it would be a bit outrageous! :)

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 1:37PM
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lavender_lass

Oh, that's a pretty staircase! It reminds me of the one in the movie "The Univited" with Ray Milland. Beautiful home :)

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 2:48PM
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threeapples

It's very pretty, but maybe too fancy for my house?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 5:29PM
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nini804

With that gorgeous marble floor in your foyer? No way it would be too fancy!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 8:25PM
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threeapples

maybe it's too "grand" then? i'm not sure, but it somehow seems too elegant and also lacking in character. don't get me wrong, i think these curved staircases are beautiful, i just like the character of the non-curved and, partly, i love what the angled allows in term of cool newel posts and beefier components. does that make any sense?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 9:34PM
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lavender_lass

Now, this looks like a Georgian staircase! Maybe your stair guy is right, after all :)

Link to the article is below. From Cottage house plans

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to Georgian staircase

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 11:42AM
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auroraborelis

I was searching for staircase ideas for my house (entirely different design) and somehow this came up in my "contemporary staircase" search and it made me think of you and your house!

Traditional Staircase design by New York Architect Austin Patterson Disston Architects

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 12:18PM
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kelhuck

@threeapples- saw this pic on pinterest and thought of you. It has the double landings that you referenced.

(Side note: if you stick with your current design, I'd try to lose the winder steps- they seem to be too tricky for the feet to navigate!)

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 9:55PM
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threeapples

those are all beautiful! the stair guy will hopefully come back with a new drawing soon and i'll post it right away for GW's helpful advice.

kelhuck, yes, the winders are not a good idea!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 10:09PM
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