Need help with contemporary stairs
pmcghee
April 7, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Am converting this 1970's contemporary to a traditional cottage style home. Any suggestions as to what to do with stairs
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is the budget available to take these out and replace them - or do you need to make the best of these ?
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pmcghee
Because there is an immense amount of other updates needed, was hoping to make the best of these
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pmcghee
Plan to hardwood hallways surrounding stairs
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judianna20
Try painting them white…remove the carpet. Is that grass cloth on the walls?

If it is, try painting it, too. I love, love painted grasscloth. It will definitely give you a more cottage feel.
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Oh I so agree - if you need to keep them - painting them white seems the best option !
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Ellessebee
If only you'd posted 2 months ago! We are rebuilding a 1950's cape/cottage into a contemporary open plan interior and you have the stairway I wanted! Instead, the contractor installed a very traditional "colonial" style stairway - oak treads, painted risers, rounded mitered nosing and cove molding at the riser/tread joint. A beautiful stairway but absolutely not what I was looking for to go with the cable rail in the plans! We considered all kinds of retrofits to make it more contemporary but finally settled on removing it and replacing it with something else. I would say, right off the bat, if you could close up the riser and change the bannister/railing you'd go far. If you remove the carpeting and find square treads, see if you can ease the edge - but check your local codes for requirements on this. If you can enclose the stairway at all, put a closet, faced in beadboard wainscott etc. that would countrify it a little, too. I think you can do a lot with what you have. I hope you post photos of whatever you finally do.
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Neil Hood
Hi there, maybe take the timber balustrade off and replace with 12mm toughened glass fixed to the stringers using stainless steel boss fixings
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pmcghee
How about if I did something along these lines
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pmcghee
Better pic
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Lots of white with lots of warmth added in the way of wood flooring is a simple way to get the cottage feel ! Great ideas !
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I think that stair is so brady bunch....I think architecture trumps what people want in their house and that you should always work with the vibe/style of the home unless you are willing to gut it on the outside and inside. I would not do anything transitional to this or traditional-however I would go more modern.
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Brenda
yep. what CMR Interiors said.

DON'T FIGHT THE ARCHETECTURE OF YOUR HOUSE. I've learned this lesson the hard way.
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pmcghee
yes, I was thinking glass or maybe cables
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judianna20
Your last pix with the glass is exactly what I have for my loft which looks over my living room. I didn't want any spokes to interfere with the beams and molding on the ceiling. Very effective, but not so easy to keep clean.
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I would steer clear of the glass. It takes a ridiculous amount of work to keep the surface clean. Fingerprints, dust, pet hair....cables would be a lot less work in the long run.

Have you considered just painting the stringers? and possibly the balusters? Wooden treads/steps and a wooden handrail would make a beautiful contrast.
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pmcghee
pulled the carpet off today and they are actually unfinished oak so could finish. what colors would you paint?
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ponitayl
Keep them natural! wow you are lucky! What a beautiful staircase that must be!
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kathleen MK
Acrophobics(like me) absolutely abhor those open stairs and glass railings. Add risers and hang sheetrock below for a"ceiling. add sheetrock or bead board for a storage closet/cubbie under the stairs. Paint to match whatever you put on the walls maybe leaving the rail and treads the wood color.
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