369 Staircase Wood Railing Wood Tread Design Photos And Ideas

Jinhee and John, looking east from the dual-story roof deck. The door behind Jinhee leads to the top floor of Andy Hong’s unit, where a bar fridge contains wine ready for parties. In the background is the boxy form of a traditional triple-decker.
An angular yellow handrail folds over to meet a pink newel post, joined together by a red circular button. The stair is painted deep blue to accentuate its presence in the room.
The new pink-and-yellow banister features red circular “eyes,” and the colors match the round yellow ROO light switches from Swtch.
Richly colored koa wood is native to Hawaii and, increasingly rare, can only be harvested from dead trees on public lands.
Lattices increase the flow of light and impart a beach-house vibe to the interiors.
The new timber stairs wrap around the outer walls of the home, replacing the original staircase which divided the living and dining spaces on the ground floor. The new stairs allow the two spaces to be connected via an open plan.
The project’s signature material was discovered on a trip to a recycled brick yard, where Welsch and the homeowners found light, cream-colored bricks and fell in love. "It was a decision made on the spot," explains Welsch. The original plan was to find darker materials that would make the home feel more cozy and cave-like, but the way these bricks reflected the sunlight was just irresistible. "You don’t necessarily expect that soft light feeling from a material like brick."
The sculptural new staircase, fronted with a faceted, Baltic birch handrail, features storage underneath that reduces clutter.
The handrail continues onto the mezzanine as a slanted balustrade that follows the upper level’s triangulated plan. "It looks like a complicated system, but on closer look, most of the surfaces are planar," says Amanda. "We did this to ensure that the project could be constructed as accurately as possible."
The staircase and handrail were assembled from 10 custom fabricated panels, angled to break up the visual continuity.
The screen extends down to the basement mudroom.
The screen was fabricated by the contractor O’Brien Wood & Iron. "I like this treatment because it’s so dynamic," says Jocie. "It acts as a separator, but it does have some transparency and visibility with it." The existing red oak floors in this room were stripped and bleached to more closely match the new white oak stairs and floors.
The structure of the stair was maintained, but the treads were replaced with new engineered wood flooring that got a coat of black paint.
From the living area, a winding staircase leads to the second level with an additional living space and two guest rooms.
The stairs are comprised of a twisting metal frame and wooden steps.
A steel brise-soleil in the hallway by the stairwell highlights the play of shadow and light as the sun moves. The stair is made from the same fallen silk oak tree as the dining table. Using this found timber not only created a relationship with the site, but helped to control the budget.
Stairs lead up to the mezzanine level, which can also be accessed from the outdoors.
The stairs are one of the best parts of the renovation and were assembled on-site, stretching from basement to the top floor.
Artwork throughout the house is courtesy of Lexi’s friends.
The stairs leading up to Brenda’s studio are bathed in light from a giant wall of glass. The light fixtures are by Michael Anastassiades.
"It was important to make clear that compact living does not mean losing space for all of your collected items," says Rocha.
A built-in pine bookcase integrates with the staircase and climbs one of the walls on the first and second levels.
The central stair connects the entry foyer and the upstairs living space. From the landing, there are views out to the surrounding forest. The interior is clad in Ready Pine, a type of prefinished tongue-and-groove panel. “This was one of the biggest expenses,” says architect Tom Knezic. “But, it was worth it as drywall will start to flake when it freezes in the winter, and it meant we didn't have the hassle of carrying large sheets of drywall up the cliff. It will also last for generations.” The timber casings around the doors and windows were custom stained to match the finish of the Ready Pine.
The nearly 2,500-square-foot house is built primarily from locally sourced Douglas fir.
The home’s windows are strategically placed to provide ventilation and minimize heat gain/loss.
The railings in the casitas echo the details of the main house. The stair treads are painted the same dusty blue as the loft floor. These tiny bunkhouses are designed to sleep a family of four, and also house a little kitchenette and bathroom.
The breezeway acts as a big communal dining space, while the round table for six in the kitchen is for more casual family meals.
Contrasting wood finishes are visible throughout the house. The stair wall, for example, is smooth-sawn Douglas fir with a lacquer finish. Above touching height it transitions back to rough-sawn material.
A timber platform forms the first step of the open timber staircase in the entry hallway, which leads into the dining and living space.
“The second-floor framing is slightly pulled away from the stairs so that a sliver of sunlight can wash the stairway wall and some of the main floor below,” the architect says.
Climb the steel staircase from the first floor to the living, dining, and kitchen area, which open on to a small terrace with a private garden. On the top floor, rooms for the homeowners and their children are tucked away along with a bathroom illuminated by light from the courtyard.
Ashizawa’s background is in steelwork, so getting the staircase right was critical. It needed to be structurally sound, but not so big and bulky it would block the light from the patio. The clever use of a support rod in the middle of the structure allows for sturdy but lightweight steps.
The first floor houses a storage room, guest room, gym and garage, all built around the lush inner courtyard.
A bespoke golden runner with a tiger illustration drawn by a member of the design team welcomes guests in the entry. The pendant is jade Morano glass with gold fringe.
A view of the bay is captured in the lower-level entry sequence.
In the entry, an inset planter in the polished concrete floors sits beneath the open-tread staircase.
The white-painted timber-and-steel spiral staircase carries the residents from the public rooms on the first level to the private areas on the second floor.
Smooth concrete flooring offsets the verticality of the timber boards that cover the interior and exterior walls.
The wall beside the stair is made from off-form concrete, which is insulated on the outside. Polystyrene molds created a textured pattern on the concrete wall that celebrates the honesty of the home’s materials and construction. “It looks very gridded and regimented, but every part of the grid is unique,” says Craig.
The design intention was to keep the stair as simple and understated as possible. It's crafted from plate steel stringers and blackbutt timber treads. A central steel truss "hovers" between the stair flights and includes blackbutt uprights. A pivoting door beneath the stair opens out to the courtyard.
The archway at the end of the entrance hall was opened up to reflect the original floor plan of the terrace, and now leads directly to the stairs and the living/dining area.
"Arriving at a second floor should not be to a hallway but to a room where the family can gather and be together with lots of natural light," he says.

Whether grand and sweeping, rendered in wood, or a minimalist arrangment of metal and glass, the modern staircase is an example of literally elevated design. With its strong, geometric shape and functional importance, a masterful staircase can serve as the centerpiece of a building. Below are some notable examples of staircases that refuse to be ignored, and the creative tread and railing decisions that comprise them.