Although open-concept floor plans have become increasingly popular over the past few decades, staircases in most homes haven’t changed much.
“They’re still just drywall tunnels that take you from one floor to another,” said Len Morris, the owner and visionary behind a company working to change that.
Viewrail is a Goshen-based manufacturer that makes floating stair systems more affordable and accessible to families across the country.
“Our FLIGHT floating stair system is helping to transform living areas from closed and boxy to wide open and elegant,” Morris said. “Viewrail is at the front of the modern architecture movement and is dramatically enhancing the open concept that housing continues to move toward.”
Floating stairs are designed to look like they are floating in midair without any structural support. Despite their appearance, floating stairs do include plenty of structural support and are required to meet the same codes as a traditional staircase. Viewrail’s extensive testing proves FLIGHT has a 3,000-lb. capacity.
There’s nothing particularly new or unique about floating stairs (Frank Lloyd Wright even incorporated the style into several of his designs before his death in 1959), but there is something special about the way Viewrail approaches the design process.
Traditionally, a single floating staircase would require an engineer to work with a woodshop and a metal shop and then several subcontractors on the job site.
Viewrail’s FLIGHT system, on the other hand, is delivered to job sites ready to install. All parts – stair treads, the metal stringer, bolts and brackets – all come in clearly labeled boxes and are ready to put together. The stairs can be installed in a single day.
Viewrail’s FLIGHT system has already been installed in more than 1,200 homes across the country, including Sunset magazine’s Idea House, located in Santa Monica, Calif., which signals the latest in home décor and design trends.
“As more people become aware of the convenience and affordability, we expect our business to grow dramatically,” Morris said.
Although Morris thinks the product itself is pretty cool, he said the coolest part about the FLIGHT system is how it completely transforms living spaces.
“It changes the space to open and beautiful, but it also changes the lifestyle of the people living in those homes,” he said.
Viewrail is a family-owned and operated manufacturer of custom floating stairs, railing systems and stair components located in Goshen. The company was born from StairSupplies, a wood stair parts company, that discovered the need for a new product category.
Viewrail anticipates so much demand for their products that they plan to bring 200 new jobs to Goshen by 2023 and will invest more than $12 million to expand its existing production facilities.
“We started this company in my living room in Goshen, and we now have eight separate facilities,” said founder and owner Len Morris. “Our belief is that our products are long lasting, but people are eternal. We’re fortunate to be able to find people of this quality right here in Goshen, Indiana.”
1614 Eisenhower Dr. N.
Goshen, IN 46526
“Our FLIGHT floating stair system is helping to transform living areas from closed and boxy to wide open and elegant. Viewrail is at the front of the modern architecture movement and is dramatically enhancing the open concept that housing continues to move toward.