Don’t Forget the Staircase!

Posted by Ben Thompson on 10.31.17

There’s something in our homes that often is overlooked when remodeling or decorating. We use them every day, but they have a tendency to blur into the background. Have you guessed it?  It's your staircase! Certainly, the main purpose of your staircase is to take you from one level to another, but they can also serve as a beautiful architectural detail in your home. Whether it’s opening up a formerly closed staircase or changing the railings, treads, and risers, an update can really make a statement.

Keep reading to see some beautiful staircases we've remodeled for our clients, including some before and after comparisons!

This gorgeous decorative newel post looks as if it's been in this home all along. The details have a craftsman flair to them and the combination of the white balusters and the dark wood handrail is both classic and modern at the same time.


Here, a new staircase and rail blends seamlessly into its surroundings, yet creates just enough visual interest with its wrought iron spindles to draw the eye without being distracting.

And a few before & after examples.

Modern Staircase 

before staircase renovation Before

modern staircase renovation After

Before Before

modern staircase After

This modern Grand Rapids home featured a mix of dark and light wood throughout.  We designed a new metal handrail with tension cables to replace the existing wooden system and installed dark hardwood stairs to reflect the style of the rest of the home.

Dark to Light

Before Before

AfterWe remodeled this family's entire house but made sure to update the existing staircase to go with the new lighter color palette by painting the rail spindles, walls, and upgrading the carpet. It makes the entryway feel much brighter.

Modern Industrial Staircase

before Before

barn door stair entry After

Before Before

galvanized pipe railing After

This basement remodel had an industrial aesthetic and included the use of unique materials such as corrugated metal and Edison bulb pendants. We wanted the stairs to serve as an intro into this distinctive space.  Our design included adding a sliding barn door that closes off the basement staircase leading to the main level to provide an additional noise buffer.  Galvanized piping was used to design the stair rail which gives visitors a taste of the design aesthetic before entering the space.

We invite you to view our portfolio to see how we've improved other Grand Rapids homes. If you'd like to chat about your home, please contact us. We'd love to help you love where you live.


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