Entry way to our log home

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Project by woodchic posted 08-01-2009 06:19 AM 4930 views 2 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the entry way. We still have to trim it out, and put the perma chink into the cracks. We haven’t cut the post yet, because we have never done stairs before so we are waiting to see what we want to do with the railing and such. We have decided that we want to use for sure…..wrought iron. But I would like the handrails and the newel post to be out of wood and the spindles to be wrought iron. My husband wants to use all wrought iron. Any body got any good suggestions?? Be sure to look at the last picture posted, you can get a better view of the staircase.

-- Robin Renee'

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#1 posted 08-01-2009 06:53 AM

Looks good from here :-)) What kind of wood is it?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 08-01-2009 07:11 AM

Looks Great! Is it WR Cedar? I really like how the whole room blends. Curious to see how the railing comes out.

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#3 posted 08-01-2009 07:21 AM

As with the earlier photos this is a great project you must be so proud off. Love the look of the wood,

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 08-01-2009 07:28 AM

Looking good! Like the tile pattern too.

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#5 posted 08-01-2009 08:43 AM

Hi TopamaxSurvivor!

The log walls are white pine. The stairs are cut out of white oak.

-- Robin Renee'

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#6 posted 08-01-2009 08:43 AM

You done good! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 08-01-2009 08:45 AM

Thanks everybody.

-- Robin Renee'

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#8 posted 08-01-2009 08:46 AM

Thanks Tom

-- Robin Renee'

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#9 posted 08-01-2009 10:41 AM

Wow, great looking stairs. Do what ever you want. I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked why I’m doing something such and such a way building my small farm stead. My answer is always, “because that’s the way I want to.” I think complimentary newel posts, top and bottom wood rails would carry log home theme through the entire project with the wrought iron adding a finishing touch that can’t be beat. I really like the twisted shank spindles. Some of them with the open cage near the middle of the spindle are okay too.
I’m really curious to see how it comes out. If it were one of my projects, I’d be posting the finished product sometime in the next 5 years. Best of luck and keep up the good work. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 08-01-2009 12:15 PM

looks good.
I can’t help you with your decision – I’d have to see both options first. Want to build both?? Hahaha

I like BTKS’s answer: “because that’s the way I want to”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 08-01-2009 12:20 PM

I don’t think you could go wrong either way you do it. The wrought iron will look great with the wood.

Great job on the steps. can’t wait to see it finished.

-- Kirk H. --

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#12 posted 08-01-2009 12:43 PM

I agree with BIKS. Simple twisted wrought iron newell posts with top and bottom wood rails will give you a rustic yet elegant solution.. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#13 posted 08-01-2009 01:21 PM

stop , your both right !
( an early tv add introducing margarine ).
john and marcia arguing about the taste of
margarine or butter .
you have a wonderful entry ,
and lots of wood to enjoy .
as stated , wood rails would tie things together ,
and metal balusters will be thinner and afford more
open viewing , lightening the ” heaviness ” of all wood .
also less awkward refinishing problems later .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 08-01-2009 02:39 PM

You have a very beautiful house I love everything you have done,for me it would be all wood here in this part of the country wrought iron is a thing of the pass, but it is your home and you have done very well up to now so you maybe right with the wrought iron. Can’t wait to see the finish

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#15 posted 08-01-2009 02:48 PM

Hi Robin Renee’
The treads look very thick, are they all solid wood? How thick is it?
Wonderful entry – excellent job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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