My Work – Floating Stairs

This summer we were lucky to work with some new design clients with a modern aesthetic that I admire in the landscape so much. Their home is situated within woods and is sided in beautiful wood siding and standing seam roof. The homeowner already knew the overall look and feel they wanted and were planning on adding a teak deck to the house with aircraft cabling rails. McCullough’s designed and installed the floating stairs, walkways, lighting and pillars.

This is the support system we had engineered for supporting the weight of the treads, but also allowed for the framework to be invisible. Each stair tread weighed 500lbs and needed to be placed using a a bobcat.

Here is a side view of the finished stairs and how they are resting on the framework. We galvanized the metal to protect from corrosion but also because it looks cool!

Flanking the walkway are solid Indiana Limestone pillars which weighed as much as a Volkswagen but well worth it…

Excuse this photo for being blurry, but wanted to show how the pillars and stairs are lit during the evening. The pillars are up lit to showcase the address, while the stairs are back lit to light the limestone treads. We also installed path lighting from Hinkley Lighting down a side walkway.

This was an amazing project to work on this summer. My normal projects are focused on Georgian homes, soI very rarely get to do the modern design projects that match my personal design aesthetic.

5 thoughts on “My Work – Floating Stairs

  1. I love this entry with the bold monochromatic steps and the pillars that make a great statement. In Seattle, you would not be able to get home owners insurance without hand rails but that would almost be a shame to have to add. I love the thoughtful lighting too. This gets an A plus in my book. I would love to see more modern aesthetic work. Thank you for posting. And PS I love your pins on Pinterest too!
    Diane Terry
    Seattle, WA

    • Diane, hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday. Thank you, this was such a fun project for us to design and install. The clients were great to work with and they really like that bold modern design aesthetic. They were really open to our suggestions and styling- and I think that is what leads to a successful project. True-be-told I really think of my self as a traditional modernist, as you know since you follow me on Pinterest….and this entry really helped me lean toward the modern side. Thanks again Daine!

    • Hello Pat,
      We had a local metal fabricator create the under structure. They were a great resource to help make sure all our engineering was precise.

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