The curved stairwell presented several more millwork challenges integral to the home’s design. Specifically, the compound curvature of the hidden door to the powder room under the stairway on the home’s first floor—not only was this door curved in more than one direction, but it also had one side which had to seamlessly blend with the flanking horizontal tongue-and-groove paneling while the other side had a unique five-panel configuration. This door alone required over 120 man hours of labor to produce!
The stairway also featured an oval window which required a deep jamb to intersect and transition to the curved tongue-and-groove wall. The successful outcome was a collaborative effort between our team and the contractor’s highly capable trim crew.
Finally, the continuous curved railing on this project was truly an experience to remember. “My father and I personally built the brackets and glued up the handrail on-site,” says Edward San Juan. “After curing, we brought the curved railing stock back to our plant and shaped the profile by hand. It was literally a ‘hands-on’ project, and one I will remember for life!”