Stair Remodel Trends

Staircase remodels have never been more popular and the current range of products and design options are seemingly endless. The staircase is often the main architectural feature of a home as well as an important design element that effects the overall mood of the home. In times past less emphasis was given to the staircase [...]

November 18th, 2015|Blog|

A Black & White Issue

The bold distinction and sophisticated elegance of a well-designed black & white interior is a thing of beauty. Black serves as an anchor, intensifying any decorating composition; and white reflects a great amount of light, driving black to stand out in contrast. This color marriage is powerful, and lately has been at the forefront of [...]

November 16th, 2015|Blog|

What’s your pitch?

No, we're not talking about your sales pitch! Let's talk about your staircase pitch/angle. Whether you are framing out an entire stair or just installing treads, handrails and balusters, this critical measurement is the key to success. In this week's blog we explore a number of related topics: Panels- Can I use panels with my [...]

November 10th, 2015|Blog|

Negative Space as a Visual Feature

When it comes to staircase design their seems to be two distinct schools of style that often dictate the final design. Typically, a client's main priority is either an "open & expansive" view or a more "filled in" decorative design. This week, we explore negative space within staircase design and how to utilize this design [...]

November 3rd, 2015|Blog|

The Benefits of Iron Panels

Nothing exudes old world elegance like a scrolling wrought iron staircase or balcony. The classic beauty and craftsmanship of custom fabricated ornamental iron can come with a number of drawbacks. This week we take a look at the use of manufactured iron panels as a comparable alternative to fully fabricated systems.   Time Savings- If [...]

October 29th, 2015|Blog|

Square Iron Balusters-Six Install Options: Field Tested & Rated

How do you make a square hole for a square baluster? Good question, and one we get asked on a daily basis. A number of installation techniques exist and we chose six of the most common to field test and rate in terms of tools & materials needed, skill required, time involved, cost and overall [...]

October 22nd, 2015|Blog|

Special Order Wood Stair Parts

House of Forgings provides a wide range of special order wood parts and species including handrail & fittings, newels, box newels, balusters, treads, lumber and more. We provide quotes for all domestic and exotic species in our standard profiles as well as industry standard and custom profiles. Commonly quoted domestic Species: Maple, Poplar, White Oak, [...]

October 13th, 2015|Blog|

Finishes & Patinas Lookbooks

Our new lookbook series was designed to get you inspired! This month we feature three of our most popular finishes: Ash Grey, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Vintage Brass. Inspired by the latest trends and styles in interior design and decor, these visual guides will help you select the correct finish or patina for your staircase [...]

October 6th, 2015|Blog|

The Great Gold & Brass Revival

Flash forward from the 1980's and you will quickly realize what goes around often comes back around. Gold and brass tones are seeing a full blown revival in the home, from lighting & hardware to furniture & art and more. This time around, we are seeing a more subtle use of these tones in a sophisticated and chic way. [...]

September 28th, 2015|Blog|

The Focal Point Bulletin – Stainless Steel Cable Spacing Demystified!

Knowing how to properly space stainless steel cable can be tricky. With a little help from these useful guides we think you can make sense of it. The guides below were designed to be a quick visual reference to aid in take-offs, estimates, quotes and installation. Always remember to consider code compliance for your specific area. Standard [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Blog|
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