How to duplicate this look?
We're taking the carpet off the first 7-step-flight of our stairs, which have a board on one side with an open railing (we're keeping the rather boring vertical-painted-steel-baluster-wood-handrail one we have until DH can fabricate one with horizontal balusters he has in his mind), and wall on the other. We have salvage white oak treads, we're buying white oak risers, and I'm wondering if anyone knows how to go about reproducing this look. It's so crisp and clean -- without the nosing over the riser -- we really like its clean lines as it will go with our modernish house.
How to do it? For instance, are the risers canted back so as to minimize the visual gap between the riser and tread above it? I can see a gap, which doesn't bother me. Looks like the tread edge is simply cleanly butted up to the canted-back riser. Or why would one cant back a riser? Is there a functional reason? To avoid catching one's foot even more? Just trying to figure it out. The main thing I love about the photo, though, is the nosing-free look.
I'd be o.k. with no canting if there's not a functional gain.
Any thoughts/warnings/considerations on making this would be most welcome. We're pretty able DIYers and are well-equipped with tools. We're planning a Bona Kemi Traffic natural satin finish to match the rest of our white oak. Thanks in advance for any thoughts/analysis.
Here is a link that might be useful: I've also e-mailed the site owner with questions