Design/Build: If budgets allow, consider designing and building custom newels to personalize and even modernize details in a home.
Synopsis: In the first Design/Build column about the art of residential design, contributing editor Marianne Cusato describes the basics of stair newels. She notes that historic styles dictate strict details, but in today’s homes we have a wide range of design leverage to personalize newel details. There are stock options, but designing and building custom newels can create a theme and hierarchy throughout a house. Cusato describes the differences between supporting and terminating newels as well as box and turned newels, identifies a series of newels that are a variation on a theme, and points out how to unify newel design to work as part of a single composition. The column includes detailed drawings by the author.
Stair newels are both a practical requirement to stabilize a railing as well as an opportunity to add a design element to your home. While historic styles dictate strict details, in…