It’s official: dogs are taking over the carpentry game

…or: What to do when the stairs in your brownstone are falling off the wall!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: stairs in older homes always seem to have the same problems. This staircase we encountered on our latest project managed to go above and beyond the normal range of issues.

Not only did we have to stabilize it, repair delicate railings and fix broken spindles, but we had to literally tear the whole thing out and start from scratch.

Staircases in some older brownstones feature a sharp bend halfway up that allows the staircase to take up as little room as possible while still having essentially two flights. The steps twist 180° and the case doubles back on itself. A beautiful and elegant piece of design work, but it does require some ingenuity to replicate. Ever wonder how to duplicate an even arch over and over when cutting out treads to fit this bend in the staircase?

Build a pup-operated giant compass! Blossom’s doing very important mathematical equations in this photo, as you can tell.

You’ve got to hand it to her, though: her craftsmanship is flawless.

You can check out the full rundown of this project (plus all our other projects) over on the HHF Restoration Group site.

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