AFA 2014: The Staircase

2014 Architectural Finesse Award Winner

Edited by Melissa Mauzy
Photography by Anne Matheis


G.M. Doveikis and Associates
Architect: Dick Busch Architects

With its grand scale, exquisite finishes and overall richness, this elegant staircase is a distinguished focal point in this custom home. Designer Gail Doveikis, of G.M. Doveikis and Associates, along with architect Dick Busch designed the staircase to make an impact. The steps are wider than in a typical home, the landing is generous enough to allow for the built-in bookcases and window seat and the curved balcony at the top of the stairs adds an architectural interest.

Generous balustrades and elegant, fluted spindles coupled with the designer’s choice of finishes add to the uniqueness of the staircase. A third element of finish is introduced to complement the white, painted spindles and stained treads. Ebony-stained balustrades and handrail tie into the chandeliers, beautiful Axminster stair runner and Oriental rug. Oversized baseboards and applied moldings on the angled wall add to the overall richness. Unique wall panels, a swaged window valance, oriental tapestry window seat cover and carefully chosen accessories complete the stunning staircase.

Why the judges love it:
These stairs are a very nice execution of a traditional staircase. Excellent materials and color choices complement the great detailing. The contrasting painted and stained surfaced provides richness.  

Designer: G.M. Doveikis & Associates, 636-227-7788
Architect: Dick Busch Architects, 636-530-7787
Builder: St. Albans Construction, 636-458-4884
Staircase: Kirkwood Stair & Millwork, 636-271-4002
Axminster carpet runner: Kirkwood Flooring, 314-371-4470
Oriental rug: Rugs by Saga, 636-227-8555
Lighting: Metro Lighting, 314-963-8330
Oriental accessories: SuttonWood Antiques, 314-781-5444