15 Jaw-Dropping Staircases

During its annual conference earlier this month, the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association (SMA) announced the winners of its StairCraft Awards. The awards “recognize the finest staircase projects in the U.S. and Canada.” The People’s Choice awards were chosen by the public-at-large, while the Members’ choice categories were judged by peers via a ballot that was circulated only to stair industry professionals that are members of SMA.

This year there were 44 entries in 15 categories of competition which were judged on the criteria of: aesthetic value, stair safety, quality of workmanship, and technical challenge. Overwhelmingly, NK Woodworking, based in Seattle, won in the Member’s Choice category.

View a slideshow of the members' and people’s StairCraft Award winners above.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Members' Choice for Best Balustrade: NK Woodworking, Seattle

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Members' Choice for Best Stair Part: NK Woodworking, Seattle

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Members' Choice for Best Stairway Renovation: NK Woodworking Seattle

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Members' Choice for Most Unique Stairway: Arcways, Neenah, Wis.

Members' Choice for Most Unique Stairway: Arcways, Neenah, Wis. (Photo courtesy Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association)

Members' Choice for Best Straight Stairway Modern/Freeform: NK Woodworking, Seattle

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Members' Choice for Best Straight Stairway Traditional/Classical: Advanced Stair Systems, Harleysville, Pa.

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Members' Choice for Best Spiral Stairway: JD Stairs, Inc., Las Vegas

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Members' Choice for Best Curved Commercial Stairway: Wonderworks by John Hamiltion, Micco, Fla.

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Members' Choice for Best Curved Commercial Modern/Freedform Stairway: Heartland Stairways, Holmesville, Ohio

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Members' Choice for Best Curved Stairway Traditional/Classic: Stairmasterz Orlando, Fla.

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Public's Choice for Best Stairway Modern/Freeform: NK Woodworking, Seattle

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Public's Choice for Best Straight Stairway Traditional/Classic: Advanced Stair Systems, Harleysville, Pa.

(photo courtesy of Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association)

Public's Choice for Best Curved Stairway Traditional/Classic: Advanced Stair Systems, Harleysville, Pa.

(photo courtesy of Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association)

Public's Choice for Best Curved Stairway Modern/Freeform: Arcways, Neenah, Wis.

(Photo courtesy of Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association)

Public's Choice for Best Spiral Stairway: Arcways, Neenah, Wis.

(Photo courtesy of Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association)

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