Rebuilding the Stairway

Hi All! I’ve put up a few progress photos on my instagram account of the stairs, but have finally gotten a chance to sit down and show you what it’s all about! We still have work to do, so I have no final after picture, but the progress is astounding on it’s own.  There’s one or two areas in the works around the house at any given time, so things take time.

If you don’t recall our stair way as it was before, here she is in her mismatched glory.

Hall After

Stairs beforeWe needed more than just replacing the handrail, so let me explain a little. Obviously there’s the handrails and basic 4×4 newel posts that could be much improved. Instead of solid treads at the wedges, there was hardwood flooring laid – that’s not how it’s done, people. The risers put up were just flimsy pieces of 1/2″ plywood they stained to match the terrible orange color of the flooring. And see the weird way you can see the stair return heading up to the second story? It’s just awkward and a place for dust and dirt to get caught up. I don’t even have a photo of the second story to show you how awkward the extra newel posts and railings intercepted each other up there.

Stairs before

So, in comes Dad to the rescue! I’ve noted before what an amazing carpenter/builder/woodworker my father is and this was one project I would not have wanted anyone else to do. So much time, precision and skill is involved in building stairs and believe me this was a lot of work for him. Let’s just get right to it so I can show you.

He started with everyone’s favorite part.. demo! And low and behold the original stairs were still underneath our old ones! #notsurprisedonebit

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STAIRS

Here’s a picture of the upper landing so you can see how that works out for us. That’s the guest room to to the right and the bathroom is on the left.

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Birdie was kind enough to sit in for you. In this image the door on the left is the guest room, master bedroom, then the office to the right.  It’s not a very big landing up here but maximizes our bedroom spaces nicely.

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I saw a big impact immediately when he built out that wall to close off the stairs at the upper level.  It made a huge difference in the feeling of the staircase both upstairs and down.  I kept saying, “It’s like a real staircase!”.  I didn’t know how else to say what I meant! My dad had a ton of work to do level all the treads and risers and installing them properly.

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STAIRS

The old stairs made this hollow sound when you walked on them and creaked and groaned.  Not these… these don’t make a peep and are so solid.

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STAIRS

STAIRS

I had visions of the newel post at the lower level…it’s going to be amazing! Just wait and see! More coming soon!

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