Stairs can be a major uniter, literally. Unfortunately, in too many older homes and an area ripe for development, they're also the great divider. With steep and narrow stairs plunging you down to who knows what, basements are locked off behind walls. If you're lucky enough to have a third floor or attic room with stairs, chances are that the staircase is laughable, you'll always whack your head on the ceiling going up to the second floor. Why they were made like this would perplex me forever, but it is enough to say that they stink.
Here are some of the suggestions given by staircase remodeling in Cleveland, OH when you consider ripping out a move and bringing in a new one:
Open the stairs to a completed basement if you can, and stack them with the stairs to the second floor. One open three-story room is really going to bind the house together.
If you can balance the cost, go for wood treads and carpet runners. This is the most expensive, but the best-looking and the safest option. Spend the cash on high quality woodwork here and make it your home's focal point. A recipe for stains is the solely carpeted stairs.
Wherever built-in shelves or knowledge can be added, do it. Making the stairs a rest for the house tour itself.
Do not presume the stairs are automatically stacked over the current basement stairs for a new second story extension. Be open to feedback and you may be shocked.
The minimum rise and running dimensions of the code for stairs are reasonably comfortable, but go for a slightly shorter rise on the stairs if you have the space. Room is also at a premium, so we don't get to do this often, but it can give your home a wonderful sense of comfort.
Headroom repair. This is the one factor that can make your head hurt, literally. It doesn't feel claustrophobic because the head height is more than appropriate, albeit narrow for a few stairs. It just goes to show you the dimensions that matter and are just lovely to have.
Place the staircase in a central position if you can, which does not obstruct access to the outside of the building. Too many bungalows have stairs to the basement, directly on the wall from the kitchen to the yard, making it incredibly difficult to reach the outside. At the expense of any greater reconfiguration of the floor plan, moving the stairs to the center of the house enables central access and better access to the yard.
'U shaped stairway, halfway up with a spacious landing. There might be a window seat or library shelves for the landing, but it really helps to break up the ride. Consider landing 2 or 3 moves from the top and bottom for a longer 'U' if you are compelled to do a longer straight sprint.
All in all, the projects where we can bring in new stairs that bind the house together flow so well that people believe that they are remodeling even more than they really do. In your wish list, don't forget to include new stairs!