Stair rail as design opportunity
After taking care of the code requirements for basic safety, go ahead and use the stair rails as a canvas for design. In the projects below, Boulder architect Juana Gómez creates unique pieces for each house.
Above, a stair rail becomes a focal point by varying the widths, spacing, and direction of the clear alder parts.
Left and right above, antique iron fragments were painted black to match steel rods and post bases. Together with walnut newels the metal parts form an elegant accent to these steps.