Below you will find a couple before pictures of this project. I wasn't fast enough to get the pictures before we started the demo. This rail had a turnout at the bullnose tread, and the previous installer had offset the balusters so that there was a wide space and a narrow space. It didn't look very nice, and also was far from passing any building codes... even back then it shouldn't have been accepted. At the balcony portion of the rail, the balusters were spaced at over 6" centers. You can also see where there is only one newel post along the entire length. It is hard to tell from the photos but the rake rail & handrail was only approximately 28" high... whereas it should be a minimum of 34".
This rail utilizes a thicker style baluster ( 5300 series) in solid oak to be stained. This gives the balustrade a much stronger appearance. We also installed a full volute at the bullnose starting step. Then we used an "S" fitting, connecting the open tread rake rail to the handrail up to the balcony rail. This is now required by the building codes that specify all stairways need to have continuous handrail. The existing oak landing tread (nosings) were not replaced as the homeowner is going to install carpeting throughout the hallway and stairs.
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PROJECT COMPLETED - JULY, 2008