Mark and Charles and The Fabulous Staircase by Hipchickindc


This is the sixth installment, by hipchickindc, in a slowly moving saga of a full house renovation aka “The Adventures of Mark and Charles”. Previous posts can be found by clicking: Episode 1 and Episode 2 and Episode 3 and Episode 4 and Episode 5.

One Saturday, while I was out showing property, I got a message from Mark alerting me to the installation of the grand staircase. This was a happy call. It had always disturbed me that the prior owner had stripped the home of the grand curving staircase. The only evidence of its former presence was the semi-circular opening when the top would have been and the scar-like zig zag in the plaster on the west wall. Luckily, the narrow rear stairs from the kitchen had been left intact, which allowed access to the upper floors.A few episodes back, I wrote about going staircase shopping with Mark and Charles. The space was worthy of a custom-designed and fabricated structure. Mark and Charles knew that it would be the focal point of their living area and approached this detail as both a functional and sculptural entity. On the day of installation, large pieces of steel arrived on a truck, waiting to be assembled by a crew of metal workers.

After over a year of planning and construction, Mark and Charles are finally close to the end of their renovation journey. I’ve pulled together a set of photos from the beginning as well as the ones from the day the staircase was installed. I’d like to thank them for allowing me to chronicle the process. I promise I’ll come back with pics once they’ve gotten it furnished.

Here are photos from the beginning.

Recent photos are here.

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