Thursday, January 20, 2011

Salvage Sucess!!

Never, ever ever listen to people...........well I guess that's a little harsh but sometimes you have to trust your gut even if you don't know what the outcome will be. Most times people are usually uncomfortable with something "different", something that is not typical.  Its gets them out of there comfort zones I guess but that is my favorite place to be.  It causes me to think outside the box, to try ideas out and expand my abilities. So I put my "out of the box" thinking to the test and bought these metal stairs for my entry. 

The story goes like this with my construction crew.  "Hey guys, I'm thinking about buying some commercial metal stairs at this salvage yard in Seattle, they're really cool, something different, what do you think?"  Well, Terra your going to have lots of problems, they probably wont fit and metal stairs,........hummm I don't know seems like alot of trouble".  I figured this was the reaction I would get, so I thought it over for a couple of days and decided that I would make them work no matter what.  So my husband, myself and our utility trailer headed off to go purchase my used/ salvaged staircase and even got it for half price!!!!!

A couple of months have passed since my purchase of the staircase and most times I get a curious look from people and questions like how are you going to attach those?  My framer has been putting it off till now, so today was the day to attach the stairs to the landing.  We started measuring the stairs rise and run and low and behold they fit, perfectly........ "Well what do you know, you aren't going to have to cut off the bottoms" was my first comment from my crew.  A wrench, four bolts and a half an hour later they were up in place with no problems at all! I even got a "there actually really nice, I had no idea they would fit!"

I have some stair railings to modify, a concrete pad to pour and some metal paint to apply and there done! They are recycled, extremely low maintenance and cheaper then wood.  So the moral of this story is don't give in when people look at you like your crazy, because if I did then I would have always looked back and wondered what it could have been and not what it is. 


  1. Those stairs look great! I can see why you wanted them. I think listening to your gut and what you really want is so important. I can't wait to see how everything turns out. I love your blog.

  2. It looks wonderful! So great to see your vision becoming substance!