Stairs & Railings


Stair and railing construction and modification is truly our bread and butter. Conventionally stair builders have built their stairs in the shop and had them stained and finished on-site. We don’t mind being unconventional, so we prefer to finish all our stair components in the shop and build the stairs on-site. This allows us to provide our homeowners with the highest quality finish that is fully cured and free of any harmful VOC’s*. It also allows us to provide builders and contractors with a stair system that provides safe access between floors during construction, without the concern of tradespersons damaging the stairs.

Stairs & Railings


Stair and railing construction and modification is truly our bread and butter. Conventionally stair builders have built their stairs in the shop and had them stained and finished on-site. We don’t mind being unconventional, so we prefer to finish all our stair components in the shop and build the stairs on-site. This allows us to provide our homeowners with the highest quality finish that is fully cured and free of any harmful VOC’s*. It also allows us to provide builders and contractors with a stair system that provides safe access between floors during construction, without the concern of tradespersons damaging the stairs.

New Construction

At Refined Architectural Woodworking, we are proud to be different. Our unconventional take on stair construction allows us to deliver exceptional quality finished products to our end-use customers, while also eliminating one of the biggest risk factors on residential construction sites – poorly constructed or fastened temporary stairs-. Whether you are a home builder, contractor or a home-owner we believe you can benefit from our unconventional approach.

Why we're different


We start off by installing a construction set of stairs made from LVL and 2x10. This goes in at framing stage and is in place throughout the construction process to allow trades a safe means of access to all floors of the house. The stairs are then dry-walled in. Sometime between the cabinet installation and when the cleaners arrive we come back to remove the 2x10 temporary treads and build our hardwood stairs around the existing LVL frame. This all allows us to shop finish all the stair and railing components and deliver a fully-cured finished product that is more durable than a conventional site finish and is 100% VOC free (no harmful and off-putting smells coming from the stain and clear coat). It also allows us to build the stairs in place so everything fits seamlessly with no additional unsightly trim pieces.

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Capping

Our outlook on stair capping is that it shouldn’t wind up looking like a set of stairs that has been capped. We go the extra mile and cap over every visible component of a staircase.

Clean & Crisp

We don’t use hardwood flooring, so there are no seams on the treads and risers. And when we are almost done we take out the hand tools and custom scribe all our trim work into the floors walls and ceilings as well. When all is said, and done, our capped stairs look like a brand-new set of hardwood stairs. As with our new construction stair cases all the components are pre-finished in the shop, so as soon as we leave the house the stair case can be put into service.

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Refinishing

It's not surprising that we decided to do refinishing a little differently as well.

Ready, set, go!

We certainly aren’t the only company that uses dust extractors with HEPA filters to keep everyone breathing easy during the stripping faze of the project. However, our use of high-output UV lamps and UV-cured wood finishes sets us apart. By using UV-cured finishes we can refinish a staircase faster, and healthier than the competition. We can take your stair case from bare wood to stained and clear-coated in a day. And because these finishes don’t cure by way of solvent evaporation like traditional finishes the risk of VOC exposure is eliminated. And as a bonus, unlike using traditional coatings, you can walk on the stairs the minute we turn the lamp off.

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"Eric was very knowledgeable, friendly and easy to deal with."

"We are thrilled with our new hardwood stairs; which were carpeted originally and needed to be completely replaced The spindles and railing were all replaced as well and we can’t be more pleased. Everything was finished before it came into our house, which was nice because there was no smell from staining and we could go up and down the stairs as soon as they were installed. We carried the hardwood flooring from the stairway through the entire second floor. Eric stained the floor grates to match the flooring, and the grates are almost invisible. Eric at RAWW Inc is very knowledgeable, friendly and easy to deal with. He arrived when promised and the results are simply outstanding."
~ Ann and Bryan Stride

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