remodeling stairs-need help

psyoheJanuary 29, 2013

We redid our "thigh-master" stairs. Half way up I needed to pull myself up with the rail. They were all different heights and depths. So now they are perfect, but I need to finish the platform part.

The floor is white oak and the stair treads are red oak. One day we will redo the very light white oak floor and make it darker. The stain for the red oak stairs will be a medium oak.

What do I do with the platform part? Red oak to match the stairs or white oak to match the floor? There is one more step down to the floor which will be red oak. Do I put oak boards like the stair treads or do I put oak flooring?

Thanks for your advice. Peke

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The floor looks a lot lighter than this. Almost a blond color.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 11:07AM
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stair treads

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 11:09AM
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Go with the color of your stairs for the landing.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 2:48PM
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Yes, make all of the stair assembly consistently the same. It won't matter if there is a slight difference between stairs and floor, but it will make a HUGE difference if the stairs are inconsistent.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 11:19PM
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That is what I thought, but the contractor said same as the floor. I told him not to finish it yet.

So now do I just buy plain oak boards like on the stairs or do I buy tongue in groove oak flooring and hope it matches?


    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 11:15PM
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    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 10:53PM
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Are the tread pre-fab treads or did you buy sheets of oak and cut/router them into tread form? What about for the risers?

You'll want tread nosing on the edge of the landing and the bottom step. To fill in the rest of the landing, you'd need wood of the same thickness (unless you planned for something thinner by adjusting the height of the subfloor).

You should either use t&g boards or I suppose you could biscuit several straight boards together to make a 1-piece platform.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 2:21PM
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