Options for finishing basement stairs
The existing stairs doing into the basement are ordinary basement stairs (about 10 steps, then plywood landing and then 2 more steps). The first riser from the top is about an inch higher than the others. All 10 treads have a nose and the last 2 after at the bottom after the landing dont have any. My contractor says the height differential will not pass building codes, especially since the one in my town is very strict and the best option is to carpet it so that the height difference gets reduced to within the tolerance of the code. What do you think? I was hoping to just paint or dark stain the stairs. What are my options?