True Light Craig Stairs Portfolio #25

True Light Craig Stairs,
Portfolio #25.

This is a set of stairs we built that had a C Shaped form, overall. We used 3 landings to make it work. Each landing increases the amount of work required by a decent amount, but is required to do the job right.

Thera are 4 posts in the all buried deep for support.

  • We used a 6x6 3/8 hss tubing for the central stringer of this Mono stringer set of stairs.
  • The rest is 1/2 plate to fasten the treads and the landings.
  • The installation of a project like this typically takes around 100 hrs depending on site conditions.
  • The drawings required quite a few hours of time as well.

Nearly anything is possible. We will work with your space to bring it up to whatever level you want.

Final notes: The glass railings shown here were not done by us this time, however, we can do them and the stainless handrails for you at the same time if it's included by the client in the initial design.


White Railing, Abbotsford, Portfolio #24

White Railing in Abbotsford, Portfolio #24

Build it and they will come,

This customer had a nice wood railing. He paid over 20k to have it made. Unfortunately, the railing started to rot out so he had it repaired.

It lasted for a few years before the problems started. It began water logging and the wood began to expand. Then the wood will stay wet for 6 months before it slowly decays.

The customer liked the look of the large pickets and cap material. We has discussed various options and done some drawings of smaller profiled railings. This is where we ended up.

We has previously built a railing like this for a customer, however it  it was smaller: only about 5-6 ft of it total. That said, the customer  loved the design and we built it to his needs: about 90ft.

This required some test fitting as the spun posts looked great, but were initially skewed from each other. This required us to span the posts on angles. Some are twisted on the surfaces and not perfectly straight or level. But this is expected with wood.

  • This railing is entirely constructed  with aluminum. We used a 5 inch channel on top with a 4" sq inserted into the channel.
  • The pickets are 2 1/2 sq aluminum.
  • The lower rail is 2x4 aluminum.
  • There were some tricky parts, however, it was worth the wait and the effort!


Aluminum Railing, Portfolio #20.

Aluminum Railing, Portfolio #20.

The customer approached us and asked us to design an aluminum railing that doesn't look like a run-of-the-mill cookie-cutter aluminum railing.
We did exactly that.

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The customer approached us and asked us to design an aluminum railing that doesn't look like a run-of-the-mill cookie-cutter aluminum railing. So we did exactly that.

The first thing you'll probably notice is the color. This aspect alone takes you right back to the first time you bought a brand new cast iron pan. Despite this, it's a fairly modern piece.

Now, remember, every inch of this railing is aluminum.

The metal stairs are made from 2x2 round corner aluminum with 1/4 x 1 1/2 solid aluminum flat bars on edge; these are all interconnected with low profile flat bars. We then infill paneled the inside of the stairs to conceal the sides.

The stair railings are attached to the spun posts with a large 1/4 x 4 plate. The railing itself's made from 2x4 aluminum top caps with a 1x2 underslung, the 2x4, and as the bottom rail.

The pickets are 1" round corner spaced extra tight at 1 5/8". The other guard railings are made to look like the wood that was once there.

There's one thing you should know about this project: it's extremely heavy.

The top caps are 5" heavy aluminum channel with a 4x4 inserted deeply into the channel. And the pickets are a massive 2 1/2" round corner attached to a 2x4 lower rail.

This is about as strong and as heavy as you could possibly go.

These are the kinds of projects we love doing and are known for. In case you're curious, a project like this is roughly 18k to design, create, produce, and complete.

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Mono Stringer Staircase & Railing, Portfolio #19

Mono Stringer Staircase & Railing,
Portfolio #19.

Here is a highly customized raw-to-finished project we just completed in a high-end home. One key feature's the 100+-year-old reclaimed wood used for the steps. It's a railing and mono-stringer staircase with metal brackets. This design also features polished pickets with a side and roof-mounted triangular frame.

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Hunfeld Homes, the Contractor, found some 100+-year-old reclaimed wood, which became the central stringer with metal brackets. Two larger pieces of wood are combined into an even larger mono-stringer measuring roughly 12 x 15 inches. The staircase steps are solid, 12 x 3 3/4 inch. They're integrated into the stringer in a very compact area.

The pickets are polished to a crip shine. They're made from 1" solid bar. We designed and built a triangular frame from the roof downwards with the pickets centered on the stairs. The railing is both side and roof-mounted.

Now, the customer wanted a traditional-looking railing that is functional, and, as you can see in the pictures, there were things we needed to workaround. We utilized the home's natural features to better the project rather than take away from it. Notice, for example, the 1 5/8 round handrail is cantilevered and comes right to the exact end of the railing.

The upstairs railings are another facet that provides a little different feel for more open space. These are lighter, shorter and use forged pickets that are tapered and textured. Again, we started with existing parts and made them better by polishing all of the pickets and sanding down all of the material to our standards.

Above all, when you hire us to do your project, you can be sure that we will provide the best solution to your project. Not some overly complex or poorly designed plan that's trying to compensate for things that can be figured out in better, streamlined ways.

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Custom Railing, Portfolio #18

Custom Metal Railing,
Portfolio #18.

The customer performs large civil concrete forming projects in the Yukon and built a massive 18" solid thick wall. This is absolutely necessary for the cantilever treads, which are installed with massive 3/4 stainless steel anchors. At the end of the day, this railing is about as heavy as you would possibly want to install, given these lengths.


We built around 125 linear ft of railing. There some challenges with this project, including request to avoid drilling through the concrete floor. In order to accommodate this, parts of the railing are side-mounted and cantilevered out. Other parts are just side-mounted or floor mounted.

The railing itself is comprised of 1/2 x 2 flat bar top cap and posts with 1/2 pickets. The bottom railing is 3/8 x 1 1/2. The angled railing on the stairs is 248" long. This means the 20" bar 240" had to be extended right off the bat to make it work. We used countersunk fasteners to attach the railings to each other. The rest of the project is 3/8 lag bolts due to the weight of this railing.

Lastly, the wood is also massive to compliment the design and space. It is an old-growth fir.

Oh, and one of the finishing touches includes a matte black powder coating.

Sawtooth Stairs, Vancouver BC, Portfolio #17.

Sawtooth Stairs, Vancouver, BC, Portfolio #17.

This is a sharp cornered mono stringer staircase. It is made from 2 pieces of custom-designed and cut steel plate to fit our purposes. Now, everything we do is a one-off. This means we had to measure, design and build this staircase to suit the home from the ground up.

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We welded the two metal plates together to make the box look like a giant set of saw teeth. We then welded in a 1/2 plate in the front and a 1/2 plate through the entire length of the stairs. To give you a sense of scale, that is about 12ft.

Both sides of the staircase are also welded together. Again, for scale, to create the sweet, sharp corners you see on the back, the project needed nearly 24ft of welding and 24ft of grinding.

The success of this design hinges on the precision of the cut pieces. In our experience, we believe this is one of the best ways to build a mono stinger staircase because it simply looks fantastic and provides a very accurate base to work from.

Do you have a metal staircase you need designed and installed? Call us today 778-898-0532!

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What is Wrought Iron?

What is wrought iron?

Wrought iron is an extremely durable and malleable type of metal. Combine that with its natural resistance to corrosion and how easy it is to weld, and you have a popular material with a wide range of uses.

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The name wrought iron is historical. Traditionally, this metal is beaten into shape by a blacksmith with a hammer.

Today, wrought iron isn't standard. Instead, mild steel (also called low-carbon steel) is used in its place. Despite this, most people still advertise wrought iron gates and wrought iron railings when they're selling their products.

The primary reason mild steel or other low carbon variants have replaced traditional wrought iron is the advancements with steel fabrication and metallurgy. You see, before 1950 (give or take), mild steel was brittle in comparison to wrought iron. Technological improvements such as that combined with lower production costs surrounding steel resulted in traditional wrought iron's decline in use. For more information about this in the context of guard railings, look at my blog post titled: what are the advantages of wrought iron railings?

Everyday items that were traditionally wrought iron were nails, rails, wire, chains, rivets, railway couplings, nuts, bolts, handrails, ornamental ironwork, and water and steam pipes just to name a few.

We no longer produce wrought iron on a commercial scale. Instead, popularly labeled wrought iron products, such as guard rails and gates, are made of mild steel. The main reason they retain the name wrought iron is because they are made to resemble projects which were traditionally wrought (worked) by hand by a blacksmith.

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