In addition to serving as stair treads, these structural glass planks convey natural light from above into lower-level living areas. “Our work tends to merge the outside with [the] inside,” Rose says of the diaphanous stair, which Circle Redmont fabricated off site. The manufacturer claims the glass-panel planks can withstand excessive wear. Engineered for live loads, they also can be replaced if necessary. Circle Redmont, 800.358.3888;

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