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KITCHEN ENCOUNTERS' PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Phase	III	-	Family	Room.	The family room

project was born out of necessity. A long balustrade
adorned the stairs and was never really installed
correctly. It was somewhat rickety and frankly dangerously loose considering it was meant to protect
a staircase ascending a 9-foot ceiling height. It also
lacked the style the homeowner preferred so it was
time to remove and replace it. Retrofitting newel
posts and balusters into an existing staircase can
be a challenge if the goal is to retain treads and the
stairs themselves. In order to accommodate the
style of newels preferred (box newels), we would
at the very least, be tasked with replacing the first
step, since it was originally designed with a goose
neck, turned out handrail and bull-nose tread. This
was removed and replaced with a square tread that
allowed us to reposition and securely fasten the
lower newel post. From there it was a simple matter
of installing the new balustrade. Additionally, the
steps, stringers, risers, and all the new materials
were freshly stained and painted. The last bit of work
in the family room involved adding some wainscot
panels and doing some additional painting.

"
N

ot surprising,
our family and
friends love
what we've done and
have been curious as
to who did the work.
Needless to say, we've
been enthusiastically
passing on the contact information for
Kitchen Encounters.
We could not be more
pleased with their performance!
Homeowners, Chris & Mike

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O

ur staircase
railing was
loose and
very unattractive.
Now, it is sturdy
and amazing to look
at. It turned out
much better than
we ever anticipated.
Homeowners,
Chris & Mike

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