About Me

I am James Goodman from Raleigh, North Carolina.  Carpentry and working with homeowners has been my passion since my first summer renovation job when I was a young teenager.  My over 20 years of experience working with homeowners gives me real insight into how to complete a project that delights the customer.

I have specialized in staircase construction and handrail installation since 2003 when I began my training with the most experienced staircase experts in the Raleigh Durham area.  These experiences combined make staircase remodeling a service in which I truly excel.

The difference homeowners find with my company is the personal touch because I offer a one on one experience with their craftsman.  I understand homeowners’ concerns when taking on renovation projects, and I take extraordinary care in keeping customers’ environments clean and safe.  We will look at your project together, discuss your ideas, choose the materials together, and I will return to complete the work personally.

You may already have an interior designer or a general contractor and a project that has already begun.  I welcome the opportunity to work with others and help bring your visions to life.


Baluster Replacement

Often in new homes, a banister will be assembled with very basic, cost effective wooden balusters.  A popular way to add life and character to your home is to replace the plain balusters with decorative metal ones.  The style, finish, and patterns can be combined in many different ways.  We can look at your staircase together create a design that is unique to you, or just like one that you have seen elsewhere. If metal balusters do not offer the look that you desire, there are also many different styles of wooden balusters.  For example, a larger baluster with more details can add a great deal of character to your home.

Banister Replacement

A craftsman style handrail system may be to your taste. Box newels with a thick profile handrail and square balusters give the sturdy structural appearance of craftsman style architecture.   An eloquent flowing feel can be achieved with an over the post handrail system.

Tread Replacement (Carpet to Hardwood)

Whether your staircase is in a grand entranceway or tucked in somewhere behind the kitchen, hardwood treads add tremendous depth and character.  The addition of a classy carpet runner combined with hardwood treads can give you the same depth and richness without losing the warm, cozy feel of carpet.

Staircase Redesign

Pony walls can be removed to make way for an open banister that will fill the rooms with detail and make the space feel larger.  Starter steps can be expanded to create a stately atmosphere for your home.



“We recently had our staircase updated from wood spindles to wrought iron by James Goodman from Staircase Renovations.  James did an excellent job and took special care to show us several layouts to be certain we would be satisfied with the finished product.  It was amazing to see how updated our home looked with the new spindles.  James arrived as scheduled and completed the job in one day.  James was friendly and courteous while in our home. I would highly recommend James to anyone needing staircase renovations.”

Michael and Stephanie Tanner – Cary, NC

“My staircase renovation looks beautiful!  James was professional, had great attention to details, and kept the work area neat and clean.”

Amy Richardson – Waxhaw, NC

“Jamie recently did some renovation work at our house, and a few things about him stood out. Not only was his work excellent, we were amazed at how clean he kept the work area. Usually construction areas always have large piles of scrap wood and other materials lying around. Jamie kept the area very VERY clean, and at the end of every day it was hard to tell that he’d been there except for the new work that was done. He is so respectful and really understands that he is working in someone elses home, not a ‘construction site’.”

Kim and Steve Brame – Creedmoor, NC


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