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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New Stair and Rail in MT Laurel NJ

New Stair and Rail in Mt Laurel NJ. All-new Maple Treads, Posts and Handrail. Painted risers and Balusters. The wall under the main stair was opened up so there could be a handrail in the hallway, and make the basement more inviting, and less hidden from the rest of the house. The basement rails were replaced as well to match what was done on first and second floors. Homeowner wanted his stairway to be a little more grand. Maybe to match the baby grand in the living room he loved to play. I pulled out all the old handrail, balusters, treads and risers, and replaced them in place. Sometimes I pull entire staircase out of the house if it's in really bad shape. The stringers weren't bad, and there are lots of moldings surrounding the stair, as you can see. So, I left the stringers, and horses in place and did everything on-site. If your daughters' going to be getting married soon, or in the next 20 years, be sure your staircase is a little more grand. But why wait for the wedding, get started now, and let her enjoy the new stair for a little while. She'll thank you for it later when she shows you the beautiful wedding photos of her standing on your New Stair and Rail in Mt Laurel NJ.  

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Iron Balusters Garnet Valley PA

Iron Balusters in Garnet Valley PA. I removed the old contemporary "deck style" railing, and replaced it with this new system. This is over the post style, which is much easier on your hand while walking up and down your stair. It's also easier on the eye; it "flows", unlike the old deck style rail. I used twisted oak posts and twisted iron balusters to match, and some "S" accent balusters to set it off. If your builder messed up and put your deck rail on the inside of your house, give me a call. Let me help you make a great first impression as your friends, family, and visitors walk into your home. You can choose wood or Iron Balusters to go with your new rail in Garnet Valley PA.

 Call OR TEXT Ron for your FREE CONSULTATION AT 215-694-5046.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Box Newels and Handrail in Turnersville NJ

New Box Newels and Handrail in Turnersville NJ. Split level home needed an upgrade. Really nice people. All my customers are really nice people, but some are even more so. Like most of my jobs, I did most of this while they were working. Took the better part of three days to complete. I installed the nosing and capping, then the box newels, then the handrail. I left for a few days while homeowner painted and stained everything. I then came back and installed the balusters and fillet, (the very small pieces of square stock that "fills in" the gap between the square top balusters.) They had a little one on the way and needed a really safe really beautiful handrail. The dark stain on the handrail contrasts nicely with the lighter oak stair treads. The square balusters are in keeping with the vertical lines in the panels on the walls. Painting the box newels, again is in keeping with what's been done with the wall panels. If you're tired of your split-level rail, or stair, or, if you have a little one on the way, or you want to protect the little ones you have already, or you have some older folks coming over to visit your little ones, and want to give them something sturdy and beautiful to hang onto as they go up and down your stair,  call, or text Ron to schedule your no-cost consultation, at 215-694-5046. Or email him at Whether you're in Turnersville NJ or surrounding areas, whether you're in need of Box Newels, or standard newel posts, whether you need new Handrail or an entire new Staircase don't hesitate to call.

Thanks for looking,

Ron Hartman

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stairs and Rails Foxchase Northeast Philadelphia

                                                              3rd floor going down

                                                                   2nd floor going up

                                                                              2nd floor


                                                          Looking down on 1st floor

                                                                  1st floor going up

                                                                              1st floor

                                                      1st floor going down to basement




Custom Stairs and Rails in Foxchase neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia. Maybe the ugliest "BEFORE" stair and rail pictures ever. An apartment building on Rhawn Street had a fire last year, and suffered extensive damage. While they were re-habbing the building, they decided to re-do the stairs and rails like they'd been wanting to do for years, even though this staircase was unaffected by the fire, and they weren't required to replace it. But they're sure glad they did. What a difference. So much safer for the residents, and visitors, and children living there. And so much easier on the eyes. The architect drew up plans, I submitted them downtown and got the permit, the framers came in and re-framed all the well openings, the drywallers immediately followed them, and we delivered the 3 staircases the next day. I had 7 guys helping me that day, we had plenty of muscle, which you surely need with solid oak commercial size stairs. I then strung all the posts, rail, and balusters, and the painters came in right behind us and painted and stained everything. Carpet arrived a few days later, and the residents have their building back, much better than it was new, back in the sixties.

 If you're concerned with your apartment complexes' stair and rail issues, or even with your personal home, be sure to call/text, or email Ron in Foxchase for all your Custom Stair and Rail needs.

cell 215-694-5046

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Replace Handrail Haddonfield NJ

Replace your old Handrail in Haddonfield NJ. The new homeowners had all the floors resurfaced and stained and wanted the old rail replaced to match the floors. The original rail was too low, and too weak and shaky, and too ugly. There wasn't a lot to love about it. So, I raised the new rail to the correct heights...34" on the rake rail, and 36" on the level rail. New posts, new balusters, and new rail. The stair was in pretty good shape, structurally, so, they sanded them with the rest of the floors. We had to template the curve on the bottom two treads, so we could have the rail made to match exactly. If you're tired of your old, dilapidated staircase, or handrail, or both, give me a call. I've Replaced many of your neighbors' Handrails in Haddonfield NJ, but there are many more that still need my help. If you're one of them, don't hesitate to give me a call or text at 215-694-5046. Or shoot me an email at Heck, if you're really old school, send me a fax at 215-745-1464. My old fax machine still works, but I must say, I don't get as many as I used to.
Of course, I also Replace Handrails in all the surrounding towns as well, Collingswood, Haddon Heights, Cherry Hill, Westmont, Voorhees, Marlton, Mt Laurel, Moorestown, Maple ShadePennsauken, Medford, etc.
Thanks for looking,
Ron Hartman

Sunday, September 22, 2013

New Stairs and Rails in Philadelphia

Here's a fine example of a New Stair and Rail replacement in Philadelphia. We completely removed old staircases and handrails, and re-framed new openings for the brand-new shiny, rock-solid oak stairs to fit right in place. Old stairs were very steep and had a very shallow step. Very dangerous. Now stairs and rails are up to code and very comfortable to walk up and down, and much safer for the children. This is on Race St near the Art Museum. Working in the city does pose some unique challenges, but it's definitely worth it when you're all done and the customer is loving their new stair and rail. And you know they'll be enjoying it for the next twenty to thirty years. Do you have an unsafe stair situation? Has anyone fallen down your stairs? I sure hope not. But, if they have, or you have, then you should get your stairs and rails checked out by a qualified Philadelphia area stair builder.
Call Ron now to schedule your appointment at 215-694-5046
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New Oak Handrail In Moorestown NJ

New Oak Handrail in Moorestown NJ. We left the oversized starting step and the stair treads intact.
Homeowner wanted a safer and more user-friendly, (and beautiful) handrail than the one that was original to the house, which was in bad shape. We left the posts also, but extended them to raise the rail 3-4 inches to bring it up to the required 34" from edge of stair nosing. We then installed the new rail "over-the-post" style. All new balusters freshly painted and secured, with a darker stain on the new rail gives a nice contrast to the lighter colored stair treads.

Whatever your Stair or Rail needs, feel free to give me a call to schedule your in-home consultation. I've been restoring stairs and rails back to their original glory for over 20 years all over the Delaware Valley.

Ron's cell 215-694-5046