2021 WFOY: Best Staircase

Czar Floors | Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy of Czar Floors


Entries in this category include all types of staircase projects. Submissions may include new installations or overlays, in either a residential or commercial application. Submissions cannot be a previous Wood Floor of the Year entry. For this new category, NWFA has partnered with the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association (SMA) to help with judging for quality and craftsmanship.


Using leftover materials, Czar Floors was able to quickly turn several of a homeowner’s staircases into something eye-catching that blended seamlessly with the rest of the home’s flooring.

“The same material we used on the staircases also was used on the floors of the home. We had leftovers, and our installers thought it would be fun to make the stairs more interesting. In total, we made six staircases with the same design,” explains Edward Tsvilik of Czar Floors. “Every piece you see was cut individually, glued, assembled, and supplied to installers in 1.5’ x 1.5’ face-taped sections. When they placed these sections together, it formed a continuous basketweave pattern on the stairs.”

To accommodate the unique shape of the curved staircases, Czar Floors created templates for
each tread.

“Treads were inlayed and built in the shop, pre-sanded and sealed, then carefully fitted to the frame of the staircase,” says Tsvilik. “Treads were glued and screwed from underneath the frame. The end result is stunning stairs that really add to the overall look of the home.”

Finish Process: Hand-held sanders and manual sanding in the corners. Hand-applied finish.
Installation Type: Glue Down
Flooring Type: Parquet
Flooring Finish: Bona Traffic HD
Species: Maple, White Oak, Walnut, Merbau
Pattern: Basketweave
Square Feet: 100

Click on the links below to learn more about that floor, the other category winners, and to see a showcase of all projects entered into the contest. And be sure to check out upcoming episodes of the NWFA Wood Talk podcast, as Brett Miller, VP of technical standards, training, and certification, will have discussions with WFOY winners about their projects.

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