How to reno staircase
I need help big time on how to renovate my staircase.
Stair details Closed stringer winder staircase: 5 steps Â 3 step winder Â 6 steps, treads are 33" wide.
Bannister is 21 Â½" iron spindles, individually embedded into 1 Â½" wide stringer, another 11 spindles are driven into the subfloor on the second level. Distance between spindles is about 3 Â¾". The stringers are construction grade wood.
Spindles are attached with screws to a 1 Â½" wide iron ribbon which is covered in plastic forming a continuous handrail.
There is a 4 Â½" wall running along the outside of the stringers on the left side. The top half forms the wall separating the hall from the basement stairs. Below the winder box I believe it is only a dÃ©cor wall. There is also a 4 Â½" wide half wall on the right side of the staircase
The stringers extend out past both the first and last step
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What I would like to do remove both dÃ©cor walls below the winders and drywall flush with the stringers
add iron spindles and handrail to the stringer on the right side so both sides will match.
improve the appearance of the stringers by capping/veneering the stringer with Â¼" oak ply or MDF. I would have to unscrew spindles from handrail and remove them from stringer to cap the stringer. Would this be too difficult? Would shoes be a better idea or would they look silly in a 1 Â½ stringer?
If possible I would like stringers embedded in a wood molding on the second floor landing so I could replace carpet with hardwood.
Replace the plastic covering the steel ribbon with a wooden handrail attached to steel ribbon. If I purchased stair parts such as the goosenecks could they easily be made to fit the steel ribbon? Would it be better to remove steel ribbon and embed spindles in wooden handrail?
Add a couple of simple iron or wooden newels. I would prefer to cut the stringers back a bit at both ends if that doesnÂt interfere with stability and attach the starting newel to the first or second step. Would this destroy the structural integrity of the staircase. Is there a "best" placement for the newel posts?
I have phoned several stair and railing companies but they are only interested in my business if I were to replace the whole staircase. I have 2 dogs so IÂm not interested in wood treads and I pefer iron pickets to wooden ones. Any suggestions that I could do to improve its appearance would be appreciated. Thanks for the help.