How is a staircase renovation performed?
A good first tip is to clean and polish the existing structure thoroughly then step back and study it in detail, looking for any warping, cracking or issues with stability that could be fixed without having to undertake a complete overhaul. However, if you want a total change, this may not be necessary.
The next step in your approach to a staircase renovation should be to take stock of your existing set-up – listing what you like about it, what works and what doesn’t work both cosmetically and structurally – and then write up a selection of features you would like your new design to incorporate. Start big first; note down your dream ideas, no matter how ambitious, and collect them together in a scrapbook or on a Pinterest board. “Thinking outside the box” may just reveal a few approaches you hadn’t considered, and it may turn out that you’re able to achieve more than you first realised.
Another top tip is to engage as many people in your plans as possible. It’s important to ask friends, family and the experienced joiners or fitters you’re working with for their advice and input – both practical and design-based. Problem-solving and ideas generation is always easier when there are many minds at work.
Remember that you can only work within the existing space – for example, unless you’re planning to completely gut your house, your hallway and landing are likely to remain in the same place!
Take totally precise (down to half a millimetre!) measurements of every aspect of your existing staircase to ensure your new staircase design ideas will fit perfectly.