Before: The combination of carpet and skimpy trim did not make for a grand entrance. Baseboard was used in lieu of proper stair skirt.
Before: Hemlock newel posts and balusters were beginning to wobble. A few years of teenagers going up and down had loosened the connections.
After: Beautiful first impression when entering the home. The newel posts are appropriate for the size of the stairwell. The pyramid caps are a great finishing touch.
After: The stair and living room wall-to-wall carpeting was removed and red oak installed to match the existing entry floor. Solid red oak stair treads are a substantial replacement for the carpet. This photo also shows the ceiling hip beams wrapped with alder.
After: The combination of good sized newel posts and wrought iron balusters give a nice casual elegance to the home.
After: Note the stair skirt, generous trim boards and new, wider baseboards. Stained wood is a beautiful alternative to all white trim.
After: Stock trim, the perfect size handrail, and the correct height stairs all make for a safe and comfortable walk up and down the stairs.
After: The warmth of natural wood.
A "Builder's Basic" stairwell is stripped down to the bones and rebuilt.
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