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The floating steel-supporting staircase is a feat of engineering and a work of art. Quartzite treads “float,” while the glass handrail provides safety without detracting from the open feel. White marble ledge stone adds natural texture to the feature wall that continues up to the entry. Mirrored shadow boxes set at random heights bounce the light to brighten the lower level and add to its playful sophistication.

The team’s challenge was to marry two floors of the home by creating a staircase that is elegant but so open and approachable that you are drawn to explore the lower level. They had the vision to create a self-supporting steel and glass staircase that matches the contemporary industrial style of the home. The team collaborated with design engineers, structural engineers, and steel, glass and quartzite fabricators to create this central design feature. The design team imported black quartzite stair treads to coordinate with the stairway’s black steel support structure. The treads were specially chosen for their subtle white swirls that coordinate with the adjacent white marble two-story ledge stone wall. The embedded back-lit mirrors light the passageway and reflect the beauty of the stairway’s incredible design. The self-supporting stair system allows a full view of the mirrored and marbled wall and the glass-walled bourbon room. The two-story marble ledge stone wall even pours into the bourbon room located behind the stairs.


Bickford & Company


Willis Custom Homes

Interior Designer

Interior Designer

Photos by

Josie Henderson


New Home Community: Loch Lloyd  Real Estate Agent: Ashlea Black  Fabrication Company: Outback Forge and Fence; Fountain Glass

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