Choosing a Handrail Style

Fitts Stair PartsOnce you have determined exactly where you are going with your stairs your next step will be to choose a style. Many of your style decisions will be based on the direction you have decided to go. When choosing a … Read More >>

Stair Parts Terminology

Pin top newel with Volute
Pin top newel with Volute

Pin Top Newel: A newel with a dowel on top which inserts into a fitting for an over the post stair system.

Ball Top Newel: A newel, generally with turning which has a round top … Read More >>

Role of the Stair Builder

Role of the stair builder

By Andrew Young

“Nothing spoils a nice suit more than a lousy pair of shoes…”
Was one of the sage bits of advice my great grandfather imparted to me.  Outside the odd wedding, funeral or … Read More >>

Stair Parts Lingo


Newel: Commonly called a “post”. The Newel is a strong vertical post used at the start of a railing. They are also used to strengthen the rail system on balconies and landings.

Baluster: Commonly called a “spindle”; these …

Know Your Mouldings


Roman Ovolo:  A classic convex molding, often used in recessed panel applications as well as Ionic and classical architecture.  See McCoy 704 profile.

Lintel:  Generally seen on top of doors and windows lintels are a cap or the top … Read More >>

Button Up Your Porch for Winter

As the seasons change and the rains and cold weather return to the NW, we reach for our umbrellas and coats and button up for the coming months. Now is also a good time to think about buttoning up those … Read More >>

Porch Products

We are now in the full swing of autumn. Leaves are turning colors and the rain is back.

The beauty of the changing of seasons also reminds us of a fact of life; we live in a wet place. While … Read More >>

Column Terminology

Plinth: The square base that a column sits on. In wooden columns the plinth tends to be structural, where the columns sits directly on top of it. In synthetic columns the columns runs from top to bottom and the … Read More >>