New Hardwood stairs and existing stair stringers
Hi all -
First time posting my message here. Looking for some help from woodworking experts.
Currently the stairs in my house is carpeted. Its dirty and I want to replace it with hardwood. Its a split-level house so there are not many steps but there is a landing at the entrance. I called in a carpenter yesterday and he mentioned that I should look at birch given the existing stained railings and stringers made out of pine. He then caught me off-guard when he asked whether I'd like to replace the existing stringers and railings since I wasn't planning for that.
When I hesitated, he said that he should be able to match the birch hardwood stairs he installs to the stain on the pine railings and stringers pretty close. However, he didn't seem too confident.
What do you suggest? Should I go ahead with the railings and the stringers along with the stairs? I didn't budget for it, but if it will look real bad even if its pretty close and possibly I'll regret later - I might as well dig a little deep into my pockets to do this now.