How did they do this?

I want to do something like this in my house but not sure if it is legal or how they did it?
q how did they do this
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  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jul 12, 2018
    Depending on where you live, most places require a handrail. Really it's a safety thing.

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    • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jul 13, 2018

      Ok, that's good. You should be fine then, but check with your local town just to make sure that you don't need one on both sides. William was right about how to put up the poles. Just keep in mind that if one is off just the slightest, it will throw all of them off and it could look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Make sure to constantly recheck your measurements. Before even drilling holes, maybe mark it all and tape string at all of the marks to make sure you even like it in your home, that it fits your home's decor and that it's all straight. Linda is right about resale and how this will quickly go out of style as all fads do. After you put this in, and if you don't like it or want it anymore, you'll have a lot of replacing treads and patching of the ceiling. Broke was right about the poles not going all the way to the ground. It would probably look nicer with them stopping at each tread. And it would be a nightmare to keep clean around all of those poles on the main floor. Architects and designers like to get fancy with their designs with out taking into consideration practical, everyday life. In the end, it is your home and you have to do what you want and what fits your home. We just want to make sure that you're aware of everything. Good luck.

  • William William on Jul 12, 2018
    Very modern railing. Lining up where to drill the holes in the ceiling and stair treads would take quite some time. It may be done with a plumb bob but a 4 way laser level would work better. Each three post are the same size. Holes in the ceiling would be deeper than in the treads. The post would be longer than than the space between the ceiling and treads. Each post would slip into the deeper hole in the ceiling, lined up with the hole in the tread and dropped down. I would say they are epoxied in the top and bottom holes before being inserted.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jul 12, 2018
    Hi Jayson,
    I looked up the source of your pic and it seems to come from a design firm that is promoting various modern stairways. The look is beautful but your first step is to make sure it follows the code where you live. Usually a railing is required for safety. This is obviously done by a professional achitect who may or may not know all local codes. Here's what I could figure out.

    I'm not an architect or a builder I'm not an expert at stair construction but this looks like something similar could be done if one wall was open. From what I can tell by enlarging the picture, it looks like the stairs are longer then the risers. The walls and the risers are all painted white, while the steps are dark so it gives the illusion that the steps are floating. It looks like there are holes drilled in the stairs for the pipe which goes from the ceiling almost to the floor in all but the last 3 stairs. That's where I got stuck. There is something at the bottom that may be holding each pipe in place in addition to what looks like a small flange at the top. I also think that the pipe that looks like it turns the corner is also an illusion because of the two bottom landing steps.

    I hope this gets you started thinking and researching, but you really must check with your local building code office first. There are strict codes in most places that deal with safety and this concept has no railing. Another thing to think about is while it might look modern, in 10 years it will be outdated. Even if it's legal, it could eventually lower the value of your home as styles change rapidly. The next question becomes, how long do you expect to stay in your home and how does this modern touch compete with other homes in your area? There's a lot to think about. Wishing you the best.

  • BrokeCrazyLady BrokeCrazyLady on Jul 13, 2018
    This would be a super cool harp if the tubes were hollow and different lengths to the steps rather than the ground floor. Heck, I'd even put a small shelf at each end with a small wooden mallet.

    You could always put your handrail on the opposite side.

    • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 09, 2018

      Yeh, or a vertical xylophone!

      I can imagine kids running up and down the stairs all day 'making music'.

  • Melissa V Melissa V on Jul 13, 2018
    Jayson, I’m guessing you don’t have kids or dogs. And you live alone... I say that because this idea would not work except for you! Then think about how different it would look with a handrail on the other wall breaking up the design esthetic?!?
    And to echo the others, check the building can use this idea elsewhere in your home, such as a room divider, a screen, etc. Let us know and show us when you build something!!! 👍

  • Jb225264797 Jb225264797 on Jul 13, 2018

    The stair treads are mounted to the wall and are built like torsion boxes. The rods are attached in the attic and support the treads with a flange under the tread. they then are attached to the floor. The wall will have to be reworked with a structure running from top to bottom to span the studs and attach the tread mountings. This foundation is then covered with false-work and drywall.