If it was a straight up and down type of staircase with decent wood underneath the carpeting, I know we could have tackled it ourselves….
However, I think it’s really important to know your limits as a DIY’er!
So we called in a professional home renovation contractor that specializes in railings! We tracked down the exact name and color of the hardwood that was used on our main floor. I called the office of the builder that built the house 6 years ago and asked if they still were using our hardwood in new home construction and they were! They told me where to order it as well as the exact name and codes. This allowed us to match exactly the stain, color and grain of hardwood to match the rest of the home!
Then we let our contractor use his expertise to measure, measure, measure some more and cut each of the pieces individually to fit!
He removed the carpeting, removed the banister and spindles, cut and laid the hardwood treads, painted the risers then added the new wall molding. Lots of work!
New hardwood treads: lots of angles and cuts!
New molding added to walls:
I love the results!
Bye-bye nasty shaggy, boring beige carpeting and Hello beautiful rich, glossy hardwood!
The new molding installed along the walls looks fabulous as well!
Soooo much better, don’t you think?
I’m so glad we have this project finished – what a huge difference it makes! I look at it everyday and it makes me smile!
Here are some tips I’m passing on from our experience if you ever decide to makeover your stairs using a contractor:
1. Make sure your contractor is reputable: Does he have a website? Is he registered with a business association? Our contractor, Andy at ‘The Railing Doctor’, is registered with the Better Business Bureau? (The BBB is a local agency which rates each business registered with them and displays any customer complaints that are filed against the business –it’s a great way to determine a business’s reputation in the community) Does he have pictures of other home’s and projects he’s done? Are they your style and have a quality look?
Our contractor has an A+ rating and came recommended to us as well.
(By the way this is not a sponsored post, but I love the work of our contractor so much I’m passing on his name here – in case anyone in the Ottawa area is reading this and is looking for a good renovation contractor!)
2. Make sure your contractor supplies and installs plastic dust sheet covers for your furniture: Believe me there will be lots of dust! Our contractor covered all of our furniture, sofa, tables, TV ect with big sheets of clear plastic and because our home is open concept he also installed plastic temporary ‘walls’ to prevent the movement of the dust into other rooms. It worked beautifully and I’m so glad he did this! We did have some dust on our floors around the staircase but it was very easy to vacuum up.
3. Decide on wether you want your stair risers to be hardwood, to match the stair treads, or painted white: