Grand Designs Brings Georgia Company to Williamson County
The image of the pearly gates in popular culture is a set of large, white or wrought-iron gates in the clouds, guarded by the keeper of the keys himself, Saint Peter. But have you ever wondered what sort of staircase one might use to get to these gates? Right here in Williamson County lives the “Stair Master.”
Meet Kevin Arthur, Owner and President of Image Design Stairs. His Georgia based company has found such continued demand in the luxury housing market in Nashville and Williamson County that it established a Tennessee office here in 2012 and he and his family have made Franklin their permanent home. He first started traveling to Tennessee in 2006 doing stair jobs for John Wieland. Word soon spread about his craftsmanship, artistry and attention to detail. Even with the housing slump that began in 2008 he found himself and his team traveling here more and more. By 2010 he was spending more time in Williamson County than in Atlanta. So the decision was made to simplify life and relocate to Franklin.
His everyday working vocabulary is something most of us would only hear if we were in physics or calculus class, radius, spiral, curve, floating, treads, risers, … the company designs, builds and installs those beautiful sweeping, gravity-defying works of art curving wood, metal, and glass in ways one would think impossible.
The firm consists of four partners, with collectively over 100 years experience in stair design, and 25 employees in their Acworth plant just north of Atlanta. The design process is personal and begins by interviewing the homeowner, architect and designer and involves discussion, pictures, and material samples. Once a concept is decided upon, measurements are taken and a computer-aided design (CAD) is produced. Then a CNC computer coverts the CAD design into the precise pieces that are handcrafted into the staircase. Once completed, the staircase is transported to homesites all around the country. The farthest job completed to date shipped to a client in the Cayman Islands.
Jobs currently in production and completed include well known homeowners and businesses like Luke Bryan, Travis Tritt, Tyler Perry, Big Machine Records and U.S. representative Diane Black to name just a few. Also included in this list are some of the best known builders in the area, Grove Park Construction, Legend Homes, Castle Homes, Atkins & Assoc., Tennessee Valley Homes and Blalock Homes.
Image Design Stairs also offers a baluster replacement service. Many older homes have wooden balusters, with the selection of hundreds of different baluster choices a homeowner can update their existing staircase in just a matter of days by replacing wooden balusters with wrought iron.
The company website, imagedesignstairs.com has a photo gallery and a quoting system for baluster replacement.
Headquarters in Acworth, GA | 678.574.5851
Nashville, TN | 615.465.6467