Stairs are an integral part of every home with more than one floor. Stairs might seem simply functional but they can add to your home’s decor. What’s important is deciding what you want to accomplish when you update your stairs.
- Replace stairs covered with carpeting or paint.
- Upgrade treads– poor quality, worn, squeaky.
- Add finishing touches to existing staircase.
- Open up stairwell – too narrow, dark or unattractive.
- Move stairs to free up space.
Homeowners are often disappointed to learn their builder quality stairs must be replaced entirely. We help identify potential problems like existing code violations like steep pitch, inadequate headroom, missing/cracked stringers, etc.
We offer suggestions for updating your stairs. Removing a wall or moving your stairs to a new location will involve higher costs so we’ll work with you to find a solution that fits your budget.
Picking Stair Materials
Many stair projects involve assembling 100s of stair components. Custom made, curved stairs are very dramatic in an entrance hall but they take up a lot of space and aren’t the best solution for linking your main floor to upper stories. When picking your stair materials, you’ll select your wood (paint or stain grade) and finish for your treads and risers, along with styles for your newel post and balusters:
- Brazilian Walnut (Lapacho or Ipe)
- Black Walnut
- Pine or …
- Combination of woods with inlays
Railing Materials and Styles
Stair railings include the top railing, newel posts to support the railings and balusters which run vertically below the top railing for safety. Styles range from square to very intricate, lathe turned spindles of woodwork. It’s quite common for the railings to have a different finish from the treads and even the balusters can be different than the top railing and newel posts, i.e. painted versus wood stained.
There are additional finishing touches you can add to your stairs. The skirtboard, similar to baseboard, along the side of the stairs can include intricate carving. Stair treads have stair nose molding on the outer edge(s). You can also other molding to your stairs where the risers meet the tread.