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Staircase Design - "Post to Post" or "Over the Post"?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 @ 15:06 PM

New Home Staircase Design Ideas 

Post to Post and Over the Post Systems

What's the Difference?

Staircase style and design options can be overwhelming, but understanding two of the basic systems can make your custom home staircase design decisions much easier!

The staircase is often placed within view of the foyer, so it has the ability to make or break a first impression of your home.

So, what's the difference between a Post to Post and an Over the Post design?  Here's the basics.

Post to Post Staircase Picture | Staircase Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersPost to Post Staircase Design

In a post to post staircase design, the handrails run between two newel posts.

"Newel posts" are the column that support the balustrades and handrail.

Pictured here are box newel posts and wrought iron balusters with an alternating basket design.

The grey and white painted posts and handrail give this home a more contemporary feel.

These color choices contrast with the more commonly used oak wood finishes.

Over the Post Staircase Picture | Staircase Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersOver the Post Staircase Design

In an over the post staircase design, the handrails run over the newel posts and the balusters are fitted into the handrailing.

Pictured here is a volute over the post system. A "volute" design consists of a spiral at the ends of the handrail.

A bullnose step is required for a volute over the post design. This staircase incorporates the popular trend of wrought iron balusters with alternating baskets.

This oak and iron staircase design style is more formal and traditional than a box newel or craftsman style staircase.

Find out more about staircase design ideas here, or ask your Raleigh custom home builder to help you design a staircase that reflects YOUR taste and lifestyle!



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Custom Home Design Trends: Staircase Styles and Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 07, 2011 @ 08:06 AM

New Home Staircase Styles and Ideas

Staircase Options for Your Custom Home


Staircases are often visible from the foyer, so you'll want to make a good first impression with your staircase design choices.

Check out these popular custom home staircase styles, from traditional to craftsman, wrought iron and more.



Carpeted Staircases

Most staircases are carpeted.

This wide-step staircase is set to the side of the open Foyer, with wrought-iron balusters and oak handrails that further extend the spacious feel. 

A staircase can be designed to be open and inviting, particularly when the staircase is part of a two-story or vaulted Great Room or Family Room.


Iron Baluster Staircase


Using carpet in this custom home was a cost effective way to add oak detailing and wrought iron balusters.

The iron balusters add touch of elegance and permanence to this staircase.




 Box Newel Staircase

Newel Posts

A newel is the "anchor" post, the main column that supports the handrail.

Newels can be custom designed for the homebuyer by the trim carpenters or staircase specialists.

Newels can be boxy or round, small or large.

Pictured here is a Stanton Home with box newel posts in a post-to-post staircase system.

An interesting newel can really change the look and feel of your staircase.



Craftsman Staircases


Craftsman Style Home


This custom home features a craftsman style staircase with a box newel post system.


Craftsman staircases are simplistic and timeless.


Craftsman style homes are favored by those who enjoy clean lines and solid structures, with a sense of elegance.





 Open Tred Staircase Design

Open Tread Staircases

On an Open Tread Staircase, balusters are placed directly into the top of the stairway treads, as pictured here.

Alternating baskets with standard balusters adds visual detail and avoids monotony.

A typical oak newel post supports the oak handrail.







Kneewall Staircases

Kneewall Staircase


The opposite of an Open Tread Staircase is a Kneewall Staricase.  

In this Kneewall Staircase, the balusters are installed into the closed stringer.







Over The Post Staircases

Over the Post Volute Staircase


This Over the Post staircase features Volute style posts with delicate, intricate wrought iron details.

A Volute post spirals at the bottom of the stairway. These posts require a starting step. 


With a multitude of options, the staircases in your new home can truly reflect your own personality.







Contact us about the home you have in mind, and ideas for your Raleigh Custom Home staircase. We can work with you to modify nearly any floorplan to incorporate your unique style and needs.

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What is a Barrel Vault Foyer? Pictures of Barrel Vault Foyers by Custom Home Builders

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What is a Barrel Vault Foyer? Pictures of Barrel Vault Foyers by Custom Home Builders

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 @ 13:04 PM

What, exactly, is a Barrel Vault Foyer?

Custom Home Builder Photos of Barrel Vault Foyers

A barrel vault foyer offers a unique, arched ceiling treatment and can be used to accentuate many different styles of architecture.

In this Arts and Crafts custom home, a barrel vault foyer draws the eye upwards, and adds a dramatic touch to the first room in the home.

What is a Barrel Vault Foyer, Photos of Barrel Vault Foyers, NC Custom Home Builders


Height doesn't matter.  Barrel vault foyers can be either one story or two story foyers.

In this photo, the barrel vault foyer is even more impressive with the addition of an inset plant shelf on both sides of the upper foyer.

The arched picture window with prairie style grids perfectly follows the signature curve of the ceiling.




What is a Barrel Vault Foyer, Photos of Barrel Vault Foyers, NC Custom Home Builders

A home with a full height, two story foyer feels grand and luxurious when completed with a barrel vault ceiling.

This is a great example of how a typical rectangular window can add appealing contrast to a barrel vault foyer ceiling.  The window helps emphasize the clean, crisp lines of the built-in plant shelf and decorative columns. 

The barrel vault ceiling coordinates perfectly with the arched opening to the Formal Dining.



What is a Barrel Vault Foyer, Photos of Barrel Vault Foyers, NC Custom Home Builders


A shallow barrel vault ceiling can even add interest to a lower ceiling in a more typical foyer. 

The barrel vault foyer in this Craftsman/traditional home brings more attention to the marvelous arches and cut out openings throughout the first floor.

No matter what type of custom home you're considering, a barrel vault foyer may be just right - and as you can see, the foyer can be charming, impressive, or somewhere perfectly in between!

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Craftsman Floor Plans | Where to Find Great Craftsman Style Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jan 04, 2011 @ 12:01 PM

How to Find Craftsman Style Floor Plans

Choosing a New Craftsman Style Home

Craftsman floor plans | Craftsman new homes in RaleighFirst, what is a Craftsman style home?  In the Raleigh area, a Craftsman style home usually evokes visions of stone accents or square, tapered front porch columns, exposed rafters or decorative brackets, low pitched rooflines with overhanging eaves, and deep covered porches.  Inside, Craftsman elements can include simpler trim styles, built in details, hardwood flooring, and lots of windows.

Here are some great places to browse Craftsman style floor plans:

Craftsman Floor Plans by Don Gardner

Donald A. Gardner has been designing great homes, including Craftsman style floor plans, since 1978.  This architectural firm is based in Greenville, SC.

Craftsman Floor Plans by Milwaukee Craftsman LLC

Some great, unique Craftsman floor plans that include well-planned use of space and lots of surprises.  The Sussex is one of my favorite plans on this site. 

Craftsman floor plans | Craftsman new homes in RaleighCraftsman Floor Plans by Designs for Living

This 1612 sq ft one story Craftsman style home includes many traditional elements.  You'll enjoy browsing these Craftsman style floor plans from this Oregon designer.

Craftsman Floor Plans by AVID Design Group

AVID Design Group is an NC based architectural firm, offering many different Craftsman style homes with more ornate rooflines and a liberal use of stone.  This 2678 sq ft one story Craftsman is an example of a more modern Craftsman home.  

Craftsman Floor Plans by Alan Mascord

This is one of my favorite collections of Craftsman style floor plans.  The Morecambe has many great elements, including an open floor plan, wonderful porch, and unique angles.

Found a Craftsman style floor plan you're interested in?  Ask for a free building cost estimate, and get exact costs for your new Craftsman home in NC. 


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