Written by Todd Fratzel.
Custom Brazilian Cherry Staircase
In our new home we built the custom stairs with Brazilian Cherry treads, handrails and newel post. The risers and stringers are made from poplar. Brazilian Cherry is a really beautiful wood and extremely dense. I’m told it’s about 100 times harder than red oak.
As you can see in the photos the design of our stair case included a landing allowing us to access the stairs from the foyer and the breakfast nook. This was a wonderful design idea we came up with and it really helps the daily flow of traffic.
I ordered all of the Brazilian Cherry parts from an online vendor, Stairsupplies.com. All of the parts were of great quality and craftsmanship. My only complaint was the lead time was much longer than they advertised.
Having said that I’d still purchase stair parts from them again because of the quality and price. I had a local custom stair builder give me a price of $8,000 to build this stair case. I spent about $2,400 on parts and another $1,200 on labor and probably another 20 hours of my own time. All in all I’m really pleased with this stair case.
If you’re going to go this route be sure you understand how a stair is built and what parts you’ll need to buy. For this project I purchased the Brazilian Cherry parts, balusters and newel post. The framing, risers and hardware were purchased locally.
Are you interested in building your own stairs? If so check out one of our articles on how to build stairs. We also have a free stair calculator to help you figure out the rise and run for a staircase.
The bottom line is having custom stairs in your home can increase the houses value. If you do-it-yourself you’ll save lots of money and realize an even great ROI.
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