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Make your Stairs a Lasting First Impression

What kind of lasting impression does your front entry leave?

It’s time to give stairs more attention. Stairs are often the feature of an entrance; the first place of welcome and greeting in a home. The entryway has the opportunity to set the feeling and tone for the rest of the home.

There are so many spaces in a home that require our attention - kitchen, bathroom, living room, etc. And while they are all important, we believe the rewards are great for time invested in designing stairs and railing, with style. A staircase can tie together all aspects of your home. Not only are stairs and railing the primary focus of an entry, but they are generally visible from many areas of the home, giving them huge stylistic reach and influence. Stairs set the tone and style from the beginning, letting everything else flow from that place of inspiration.

Here are our top 5 favorite entryways:

We may be a little biased, but here is our collection of favorite staircases that were beautifully handcrafted and designed by our team at Specialized Stair and Rail (owners of Custom Newel Posts). As you’ll discover, each staircase sets the style for the home.

By taking a peek in the front door of these homes, you can get a real sense of what is to come in the spaces beyond the front entry.

This white oak, mono stringer demands your attention upon arrival! The combination of warm wood tones, glass, and stainless steel handrails creates a stunningly modern and open feel.

White oak monostringer with steel and glass railing

The two-toned white oak, with both flag style balusters and eastern stringers, blend elements of contemporary and traditional craftsman style together. This staircase boasts of endless combination!

open rise white oak eastern stair

The entrance seen here embodies the neoclassical style, anchoring the same feeling that is reflected throughout this beautiful home.

neoclassical staircase

Rich wood textures and amazing grain patterns come to life in the walnut, hardwood stair and railing of this home. This entry embodies the warmth of craftsman style.

Self Supported Walnut Open Rise Stair

Modern and sophisticated, this maple staircase is the absolute center point of this home! The open rise stair, coupled with curved, long glass railing, infuses its style into the entire space.

Open Rise Maple Stair with Curved Clamped Glass Railing


The mono stringer, with stainless steel spindles, seen here, sets the tone for all that is to come in this home. Light reflecting through the windows and off the stairs speaks to the obvious fresh and modern feel.

White Oak Mono Stringer with Stainless Steel Railing

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Craftsman Railing that Tells a Story

Every stair tells a story of style and craftsmanship. Recently, we helped a homeowner capture his specific vision for craftsman style railing and the end result was a beautiful stair & railing design he loved.

Here’s the story behind this custom craftsman railing:

Right from the beginning, we knew this stair and railing project was special. Our clients had a specific vision for their craftsman style railing inspired by a family heirloom.

They had an old 1914 antique stained glass window from their family home in Barrie, Ontario and wanted to carry some of its style through their home.

So we met and discussed how designing custom craftsman newel posts for their stair railing could achieve their goal.

 An antique stain glass window was the inspiration for railing style.

The process of creating custom craftsman railing:

First, we collaborated together on design. Our client had a mock-up for his vision on paper and we took it to our drawing board to create a completely custom stair post design.

After we completed the design, it was time to choose materials. The clients wanted to use a natural finish to enhance the organic beauty of the wood so we chose wood species that contrast well in their natural raw state (sapele and white oak). Next, we passed off the design to our team of craftsmen who made 6 ½ inch maple posts with a handcrafted pattern inlays.

We are so proud of how the style of the antique window translated to the pattern on the custom newel posts.

This custom newel post features the type of hands-on craftsmanship that sets the team at Specialized apart.

Final selections come together for this custom craftsman railing:

From this point in the project, we helped our clients choose railing components to complete their craftsman railing package. Our clients spent time looking at our various railing selections.

They chose grouped Flag Style Square Balusters and Blank Square Style Balusters, as iron and wood contrast so well. Next, they chose Gibson handrail as its profile compliments the square lines in the spindles.

This craftsman railing package has timeless style and tells the story of a time gone by.


What story do you want your stairs to tell?

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