373 Staircase Wood Tread Design Photos And Ideas

The Sholin's used Smartcore wood-effect vinyl floors in Tahitian Walnut for the new flooring.
The interiors are furnished in light colors that reflect the sunlight streaming in through the large windows.
Staircases are located on both ends of the residence.
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“The hallway and courtyard are synonymous with each other visually, which has this very joyful quality about it,” says architect David Salmela.
Media Room
Open Stringer Staircase
Within, the split-level, 485-square-foot space accommodates up to eight people.
Custom stair made entirely of matching pine plywood.
The staircase was moved to be more prominently featured in the home's renovation. The owners' surrounding art collection makes it even more striking.
The lobby and all of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge’s interiors were designed by INC Architecture & Design in partnership with Starwood Capital Group. And for however beautiful the lobby is, the rooms are the place you don’t want to leave. In the case of our visit—a family of four spending three nights at the hotel—that’s saying something since we stayed in the Skyline 2 Beds room, which offers two double beds. After the first night, we wished we’d been able to upgrade to a suite: Two people in a double bed does not make for the best sleep, even if it’s on a hemp-blend mattress wrapped in organic cotton sheets. But we consoled ourselves by opening our massive sliding door, nestling into the built-in seating area that’s covered in nubby textiles and gazing out at the view of the Statue of Liberty. "Every room has a floor-to-ceiling sliding window that opens to that landscape and makes you feel like you’re on a balcony," Marvel says.
Large spans of glazing frame views outwards to the surrounding landscape as one circulates through the home.
Skylights brighten the stairs and corridor.
A central staircase creates a dynamic, semi-open space, with floating steps in solid oak, creating a flow that connects the house vertically in a harmonious and contemporary manner.
View from the guest entry provides a focus on the open staircase and out to the tall pines beyond.
A new staircase turns a corner at the large stone chimney, an element of the original house that the designers were careful to preserve.
The interior consists entirely of exposed concrete accented by wood. The ground floor features double-height ceilings that maximize natural light from the lightwells above.
Mitchell wanted to detail the solid oak staircase with that same sense of openness, even though its materials are heavy. “We used a lot of raw steel and wood on the interior of the home,” Mitchell said. “This carries the authenticity of real materials from the building exterior to the building interior.” A custom fireplace sits on the patio.
Continuity of exterior and interior materials can be seen in the living room, which is framed by the same Prorez cedar siding as outside. It complements a wood fireplace by Stûv, which is finished with bamboo verde stone and Montauk grey slate.
Kitchen Shelving + Stair + Fireplace
The knot-flecked staircase leading down to Bornstein's office gives serves as a solid core to the home's circulation.
Some floorboards and stair treads were salvaged from a farmhouse.
The Bunnings found the boulder that marks the entryway (above, left) during the home’s excavation.
Inside, a suspended staircase rises up past the couple’s bookcase over a well-lit seating nook.  Aalto stools by Artek join Eames molded plywood dining chairs by Herman Miller to give an especially modern touch to the kitchen.
One of the greatest design challenges, according to Franz and Paré-Mayer, was reimagining the dark, unfinished garage space in a way that would “establish [it] as primary, instead of an afterthought to the original floor above.” This was achieved by layering open, linked spaces on the ground floor and sticking to a few carefully selected materials for cohesion and fluidity. There are hardly any hallways in the home; every space serves a function. Polished concrete floors continue throughout the new living level, and a bent metal dining chair with a reclaimed Douglas fir backrest made by Scholz sits in front of an open white oak staircase.
The handmade spiral staircase.
On the interior, existing stone walls are often left exposed
An open-air corridor is formed between the old stone walls and the new wooden shingles.
Steel and wood stair with textured glass railing
A staircase with white walls and light colored wood floors.
The auxiliary cabins contain the sleeping quarters. A ladder leads to a sleeping loft underneath a gabled ceiling. The cabin’s bathroom is situated beneath the loft and features clean white fittings and tile.
Photography by Matthew Millman
Lofted mezzanine floors and bathrooms were added to the apartments. Room #1 is particulary bright and airy.
A small staircase winds between two narrow walls, up towards to attic.
“I love this low-level stair window. It’s at head height when you’re at the bottom of the stairs; it gives you a glimpse of, and connection to, the garden outside. Most of the windows capture what I’d call ‘hero shots,’ but some, like this one, are completely unexpected.”
Ran and her brother, Gen, read on one of the structure’s 44 continuous steps.
Bookshelves add extra utility to the undulating staircase in Tokyo's 921-square-foot Coil house. The space was designed by architect Akihisa Hirata for Sakura and Ryo Sugiura, a young couple with two children.
The chandelier in the stairwell was custom-designed by Esque Studio.
Given Lima’s dry climate, the architects were able to introduce clever indoor-outdoor gestures such as an open stairwell, and semicovered walkways that allow the trees to provide cover.

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.

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