We were commissioned by a client to build out a van they had purchased to accommodate their travel needs. Our client, being a traveling nurse and avid rock climber, needed a space that would accommodate both of those pursuits, while still feeling like home.
We were approached by clients wanting a modern update to their staircase. After speaking with them about the look they desired, we knew that we could help them turn the mundane into something special. Instead of carpet and bulky handrails, they wanted hardwood stairs with black steel railings capped with hardwood.
Jacob Hyer, one of our lead carpenters, had worked with these clients on the original buildout of their home under another builder and they reached out to us asking if we could help them finish out a few loft areas in the kid’s bedrooms that had not been finalized during the earlier phase of work.
Jacob, along with lead carpenter, Thaddeus Walker, and Alex Minor from our design team, worked with the clients to flesh out the details and the design on these ship ladders. For such a small project, there were lots of details to manage, including existing aesthetics in the home, code compliance, continuous gripability on the rails, adequate traction on the treads, and feasibility for installation.
While larger construction projects represent the bulk of our work, custom installations remain a niche service that we provide. We love these opportunities to create innovative and elegant solutions to household problems that arise on our projects.
These custom lighted stair railings presented a unique opportunity to combine form and function. Our lead electrician, Brad Snyder, lead architect, Ernesto Castaneda, and finish carpenters, Jacob Hyer and Thaddeus Walker all came together to design and build these lighted railings. While we have done various exterior and interior lighted railings in the past, these represented our first attempt at lighting a functional interior wood stair-rail.
Innovative Financial Solutions contacted Loren Wood Builders to bring a more updated look to their office space located on East Winslow Road. The objective was to lighten up the space, and make it more contemporary. Springpoint Architects came up with a great design that would fill their needs.
As part of the larger office buildout, the design team incorporated an architectural wooden slat wall. Our Finish Carpenters fabricated Birch lumber to achieve an exceptional look with no exposed fasteners and clean lines. Where our finish team really excelled was with the scrupulous layout working around exposed ductwork and doorways seamlessly integrating glass, drywall, and wood. We are really excited with the way this detail turned out.