Category Archives: Stair Remodeling

Curb Appeal Moves Indoors

We often talk curb appeal the first thing a prospective home buyer sees.  Real Estate professionals say a buyer makes up their mind if they will buy a home in the first 3 minutes of walking through your front door.  So … Continue reading

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Transforming Your Home by Installing a Hardwood Stair

We get many calls where people no longer want carpet on their stairs and what to upgrade to a custom hardwood stair.  What most people don’t realize is that stairs are a structural item.  Stairs don’t come out easily.  Replacing … Continue reading

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Choosing a Hardwood for your Staircase; Wood Color

Stair in Walnut There are several species of hardwoods that have very bold natural color, such as cherry, walnut, and mahogany.  Historically these were the most desirable woods, due to the  natural beauty and no need to stain or color them.  These woods … Continue reading

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Hardwood Stairs in Cherry; Key Items to Consider

For hundreds of years cherry has a been a desirable wood species due to its beautiful natural color; it’s subtle grain lends itself to elegant applications.  Cherry is an excellent wood for furniture, cabinets and stairs. Cherry is easy to … Continue reading

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How to Fix a Squeaking Stair

How to Fix a Squeaking Stair A squeak in a stair is generally caused as the lumber dries out over time.  Hardwoods are regulated by industry standards for a moisture content of 6 – 8%.  This matches the moisture content inside … Continue reading

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Staircases for Small Spaces

There are a number of stairs that will get you from one level to next while using very little floor space.   Here are the options along with the space needs, cost and ease of use. A spiral stair is a … Continue reading

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3 Items to consider when replacing balusters

3 Items to Consider when Replacing Balusters Updating Balusters to Metal | Naperville Stair 1. Bottom of Baluster Will there be a stain line on the bottom where the old baluster sat? This could cause the need to finish the entire … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Carpenter Built Stairs vs Custom Hardwood Stairs

Construction Grade Stair: Also called carpenter-built Materials: Made from framing lumber such as pine, often 2X material. Construction: Lumber is rough-cut to sizes. Stringers are typically horse cut, then lumber for treads and risers are glued (construction adhesive) and nailed … Continue reading

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6 Keys to Hiring a Stair Builder

1. Seek a Full Time Experienced Stair Builder Experience can’t be overrated. You don’t want an excellent handyman trying to build your stair. How many years experience does their designer have? How many years install experience does the installer have? … Continue reading

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Covering Stairs with Hardwood or Replace with New Stairs?

I have ugly carpeted stairs, and I want to the look of a nice hardwood custom made stair. Should I cover my existing stair with hardwood or replace with new stairs? First consider how old your existing stairs are. If … Continue reading

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