The first thing any visitor see’s when you open your front door to greet them is your hallway, and usually the stairs on the left or right hand side. As they say, first impressions count, what people see when you open the door often determines whether they feel a warm welcome…or lack of. Yet the hallway and staircase are often the things most neglected.
After-all, we only pass through don’t we, through the hallway and up the stairs to the bedrooms or bathroom, down the stairs and through the hallway to the living room, dining room or kitchen. Hallway and stairs in particular tend to get put on the back burner, while other rooms take preference when it comes to decorating or renovating. So how much does it cost to renovate an old staircase and begin to make that entranceway look a little more inviting?
A Job Suitable for Those with Average DIY Skills:
It’s a bit like the old ‘how long is a piece of string’ question isn’t it. Let’s put one thing to bed before we start, giving your staircase a quick lick of paint does not qualify as renovating. Cosmetic decoration is what it is, ‘a quick lick of paint’, and yet renovating a stairway is well within the skills of even the most average of DIY’ers.
Contacting one of the many companies who specialise in staircase renovation is one way to go if cost is no option. For most of us unfortunately, cost is an option. Putting your DIY skills to good use and buying baserails, handrails, stair treads, spindles, stair-parts, connectors and fittings from a specialist company can significantly reduce the cost.
It’s not Just About renovating:
Many outlying housing estates in the UK, especially those built post 1950 are remarkably similar. People spend their time and money putting their own unique stamp on the property, new garden fencing, guttering and downpipes, double-glazing, or a small or large porch, but it’s the interior where one can really make a statement.
Whether your taste is traditional, modern, or contemporary, today you can buy staircase components to suit all styles. Companies such as Wonkee Donkee, and Pear Stairs under the chairmanship of Richard Burbidge, whose family have been involved in the timber trade for nearly 150 years, offer a massive range of products for putting your own stamp on hallways and staircases, and no longer just in timber.
The Fusion Range:
For those seeking a contemporary, sophisticated look to their stairway, the Fusion Mk1 and Mk2 range is offered with metal balustrades or Immix glass panel infill, ABS brackets or metal brackets. Timber baserails, handrails, and newels are available in Pine and White Oak and come pre-finished to help make the job that little bit easier, and the whole fits easily together with metal brackets and connectors.
The Elements Range:
If we can call anything traditionally modern, it’s probable the Elements range which comprises white oak baserails and handrails with a choice of metal spindles, newels and newel caps.
The Classic Range:
For those who prefer a traditional style staircase then the Richard Burbidge Classic collection could be just what you’re looking for. With all parts produced from white oak the collection is available with a variety of craftsman turned spindles and newel posts to provide a traditional feel with a modern look.
The Hallmark Range:
Another wholly wood range, the Hallmark pine collection is ideal for those shopping on a budget. Again with a choice of spindles and newel posts it is available off the shelf and can be stained, varnished or painted to compliment your decor.
The Heritage Range:
A white oak product designed for those with a larger stairway, or who prefer a more heavy duty staircase. The range is produced to order with a three-week delivery time. You can choose from the 95mm newel, 46mm spindle size, or the heavier 115mm newel and 55mm spindle size. The Heritage is ideal for those with a large older property with larger staircase.
The Trademark Range:
Another budget range of stair fittings and parts, the range has a variety of options which can be mixed and matched with other wood types for you to create your own unique design of staircase.
So How Much Does it Cost?
Visit www.wonkeedonkeerichardburbidge.co.uk. The site has a wealth of information on how to dismantle your existing staircase, remove spindles and newel posts as well as how to construct your new staircase when it arrives. All items are individually priced, and you will be able to work out how much your new staircase will cost based on size, style, spindles, newel posts, and accessories.