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As craftsmen, listeners and partners, we're always making comparisons. Which material works best for this installation? Which features accelerate our client’s initial vision? What haven’t we considered? Where have I seen an example that shows what I’m trying to explain?

For me personally, comparing the options and looking for innovation is a quest that redirects with each new challenge. Our News is a warehouse of this steady research, and my thoughts along the way.

-George Metzler

Our Most Recent News

+ An Unexpected Solution

+ Uncovered and Reclaimed

+ For Right’s Sake

+ Too Far Gone?

+ Below the Surface

+ A Hidden Gem

+ Tile The Kitchen He Says

+ Meeting Chelsea Nauta

+ Century Cabinet Factory Tour

Uncovered and Reclaimed

It all started innocently enough. George showed our client photos of his favorite contemporary staircase. Then Jessica (the architect) suggested the treads be “heavy” … a few weeks later added that it might be nice to “consider” concrete. John and Carrie (the clients) mentioned that a reclaimed tread would be awesome. John started talking about LED lighting, which caused George to get a lump in his throat and a mist in his eyes….and that’s how you end up with a truly custom staircase at Rittenhouse Builders.

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Create a sample concrete stringer. Or two!

Decide on concrete stain color.

Decide on concrete stain color.

Build stringer forms.

Build stringer forms.

Pour concrete.

Pour concrete.

Let concrete cure.

Let concrete cure.

Look for treads while concrete cures.

Look for treads while concrete cures.

Clean up treads.

Clean up treads.

Cut treads.

Cut treads.

Back to the stairs to remove forms, install steel plate and wire for tread underlighting.

Back to the stairs to remove forms, install steel plate and wire for tread underlighting.

Carve for placement.

Carve for placement.

Install underlighting.

Install underlighting.

Check to make sure everything is in place and ready for installation.

Check to make sure everything is in place and ready for installation.

Stain treads.

Stain treads.

Install treads.

Install treads.

Install landing.

Install landing.

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Tread install complete!

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Turn on lights!

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Admire from above…
Stay tuned for cable railing installation!

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Enjoy.

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Don’t forget to check out the back lights.