Stairbuilding advice from the experts Stairway design and construction is a cornerstone of homebuilding. This is where carpenters show off their skill in combining safe, solid construction with suitable dimensions, excellent craftsmanship, and (more often than not) impressive measures of ingenuity. Even in the simplest of houses, building a stairway can be a complex project. That's why the editors of Fine Homebuilding magazine have compiled a selection of stair-building articles that covers a broad range of details relating to design, fabrication and installation. It's all here -- from simple, site-built utility staircases to elaborate spirals. Written by the pros who actually do the work, these articles will help you to: * Master basic design, layout, and construction techniques * Build straight, L-shaped, spiral, and curved stairs * Install straight and curved railings * Install manufactured railings and balusters * Build railings and newel posts * Install a drop-down attic stairway To get the best results when building or remodeling, you need advice from the best professionals in the business. For Pros by Pros® books bring together expert designers, builders, and remodeling pros who have written for Fine Homebuilding magazine.