Paul Reynolds, AIA, CSI
Shot from below after the cables have been tightened, clipped, and capped. The process of tightening 37 cables is a bit tedious even if you follow the instructions on the order in which to tighten the cables.
The cables are acting as the guardrail in this situation since we don't have a wall or a handrail with proper panels or balustrade/balusters. Because we are using cables, we can't max out the space at 4" because if you were to try and squeeze through them, they would allow for greater than four inches. The cables are spaces at 3" so we have three per tread.
Because of the openness of the stair, any of the light that is pouring in from the north-facing skylight above will be able to fill the main level spaces, too. I think that lighting is one of the most important features of a home - often times homes are dark or feel cave-like. This home doesn't feel dark or cave-like except in the basement.
What do you think of this guardrail? Too crazy?