The very first time Chris and I took a tour of this house, I was alarmed at the open sawtooth stringer on the staircase. There were too many jagged lines, and my eyes couldn’t handle it wrapping around the whole entry when you come in the house! This began the start of the staircase renovation, AKA building a staircase.
Understanding the anatomy and terms of a staircase will help to understand what I’m talking about, BUT the key thing I wanted out of my dream staircase was a closed stringer.
Well, I got the staircase of my dreams, and in order to do that, they had to rebuild the stairs entirely. I’m almost embarrassed to share how much it cost us because it’s an incredibly high amount. But for the sake of being transparent and at the risk of my own dignity…
The total rebuild landed us at a whopping $47,000.
See what I’m talking about with the jagged open stringer?
I’m not saying I don’t love the stairs. They’re actually exactly what I’d hoped for, actually! (With the exception of I wish the railing was stained a little darker, but that is an easy fix down the road). But would I say it was worth the amount we paid? Eek, no. Knowing what we know now, we would have saved a lot of money and:
The more I think about it, this is almost exactly what we did in our last house!
You live, and you learn, I guess.
Before the Holidays, we decided to remove the staircase connecting the bunk room to the downstairs home gym. I mentioned in this post that removing the staircase gives us not only extra square footage but also solves a couple of safety concerns! Having our kids do sleepovers in a room with a staircase that leads down to gym equipment (and an exterior entrance) isn’t ideal at all. Also, the gym has an outside entrance, and I don’t think I could sleep very soundly knowing that since it’s a separate part of the house (even with door sensors and alarms)! Here’s what it used to look like!
This before isn’t even the “before” before! Before moving in, we had all of the flooring replaced, including stair risers and treads. We also had all of the balusters and railings replaced and updated, so this was essentially a brand-new staircase! Right up until we recently had it removed.
Renovating a home comes with swallowed costs like this. We couldn’t have known that we would someday remove the staircase entirely without actually living with it and listening to the home! Luckily, removing a staircase costs way less than building a staircase.
For a more thorough breakdown, check out this post!
This number can fluctuate depending on where you live and who you hire, but for this job, the cost for demo, prep/plastic, framing/material, and dump fee was…
Patching the drywall, painting, adding trim, patching the hardwood flooring in the bunk room and staining, AND electrical in the gym was an additional…
We had them do it all!
I wish you could have been in this room before and after so you could feel what a difference the stair removal makes. It feels like we gained more square footage than we actually did, and I love how practical it is.
Although we’re not planning to do anything more in the future bunk room this year, we have some patching up to do in the home gym coming up soon!… Right after we finish decluttering and organizing the attic.
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