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

Posted by threeapples (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 26, 12 at 13:24

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?

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and here's my inspiration photo:
desired staircase


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

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.


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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.


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

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


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

From Cottage house plans


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I am going to email you about the steps.


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Here are the steps at Mount Pleasant

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Maybe this link will help...

http://www.google.com/search?q=georgian+style+homes+staircase+pictures&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=KD4&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=EXXqT9nIK4yY8gS6p4n9BQ&ved=0CDEQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=661#hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=qE4&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=georgian+staircase+&oq=georgian+staircase+&gs_l=img.3..0j0i24.15924.18101.2.18298.16.8.0.0.0.4.157.755.6j2.8.0...0. 0._0vnxGx_0yQ&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=1cafb1ddcb1c903f&biw=1280&bih=661

I really like this one (it's reminiscent of your original)...

http://www.houzz.com/photos/270627/Georgian-Rebirth-Staircase-traditional-staircase-chicago

Hope this helps!

Here is a link that might be useful: Image Search Results Georgian Staircase


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

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!!!!!


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Here is one of the pictures suggested by mydreamhome


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


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


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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! :)


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


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


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


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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?


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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


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

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!


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@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!)

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

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!


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