As part of the process of appropriate detailing of essential architectural elements, our office relies on the input of master craftsmen. Stairways and railings are at the head of the list; the design part must be consistent and meticulous. As our work may vary from new experimental to historically correct, we seek others who embrace the spirit of the project, understand, and contribute. Our go-to source for stairs, railings, and sometimes inspirational design advice is, and has been, Hardwood Design. The folks at Hardwood are great to work with, from samples and shop drawings through fabrication and installation. We recommend them as the finest stair craftsmen we have had the privilege to work with.

Greg Snider, Architect
Providence, RI

As a fellow stairbuilder/installer, I rely on Hardwood Design to supply me with stair parts that would be difficult to produce in my own shop. I don't see Hardwood Design as a competitor but instead I use them as a way of expanding what I can offer my customers. Their quality, pricing and service, work very well in the high end Boston area market. Every time I call to the shop, someone always answers the phone and helps. You always know what is going on with your order and you are never left in limbo. It makes me feel good that Hardwood Design works hard for my company and our customers.

Al Ginnett, Finishline Woodworking
Chelmsford, MA

Hardwood Design, Inc. has been providing my company with very substantial and elaborate custom stair parts packages for several years. Skinner Hill works on high end architect designed residential projects in the Boston area. HDI has been instrumental in helping us to provide completely custom stairs and balustrades. They provide a high quality product at a reasonable cost. They have consistently met our demanding schedules and worked well with us and our architects to produce a fantastic final product. I would recommend HDI to any other general contractor who demands quality, service, and a "can do" attitude.

Peter Black
Skinner Hill Construction

I can't say enough about Brian and Hardwood Design. They were very easy to work with (came to our home), charged reasonable prices for their fine craftsmanship, and we couldn't be happier with both of the staircases we ordered. I would highly recommend the experience to others.

Thanks again

Thanks for all the advice in selecting my new stair railing. Bob is doing a fantastic job and, should be finished by the end of the week. I am thrilled with everything!


The stairs/balustrade came out gorgeous. Rich Z. is a pleasure to work with!


I wanted to let you know that Mike Panico and I are very pleased and impressed by your company, from the people to the workmanship. So thank you, and I look forward to finishing on the same high note.

Walt Cameron
Petra Construction

Thanks again for a job well done. You were one of our top three subs. So you can expect a call from me for future work!

Walt Cameron
Petra Construction

Dear Bill:
What a magnificent job! Thank you so much for your excellent work on our staircase. This was no easy challenge! With a spiral staircase running up three floors; a continuous, unstepped wooden handrail; 200 year old French oak treads that required special installation; engineering challenges relating to balustrade stability; custom metal balustrades with design elements that needed to perfectly ascend, balustrade to balustrade; and with a site on an island that could only be accessed by a pedestrian bridge, you and your team were just awesome. The job was priced very competitively and fairly right from the start and your comfort at addressing the challenging design issues was totally superior to the approach of your competitors. You guys stuck to your schedule; helped us at every turn; dealt with the technical aspects of this installation with complete precision and easily coordinated our staircase project with us and our excellent general contractor, Michael Greenberg & Associates.

All in all, it has been a great personal and professional pleasure working with you and your men, who have provided us with a piece of highly functioning art that will give us endless pleasure, along with a method for getting from the ground floor up to the third!

Rick Levin