As it was shown in the first part of this blog, there is more to replacing a staircase than deciding on a design and getting a contractor to install it in your home. There are other important factors for you to consider. Read further.
Replacing your staircase costs money. ‘How much?’ will depend on the extent of demolition required to remove the old one, the type of the new staircase, and the manner in which it is to be installed. Going through home design and architecture magazines can give you a number of ideas on what kind of staircase you want.
And often there will be budgetary estimates. But the final cost will depend on a number of technical factors that affect the installation. And of course, at times, the design of the structure may preclude the use of a style.
The best way for you to go about it is to shortlist a few designs that appear to be within your budget. Consult next a staircase professional to examine the final cost and viability of their installation. This ensures that you will have a design that will work, and a budget that you are comfortable with. Thus, you will not be exposed to financial shocks later on.
The extent of space available will dictate the extent of space that can be used for the new staircase. However, a reorganization of the way the interior space is utilized can often provide a number of different installation options. Once again, the advice and guidance of a staircase professional can prove to be invaluable.
Disruption to domestic chores
Dirt and debris: You need to be prepared for dirt and disruption while the work is in progress. It’s not just the demolition of the old staircase that will bring you piles of dirt and debris: installation of the new one too will add to your woes.
Loss of access to the upper floor: In addition to dirt and debris, you will lose access to the upper floor of your home for a considerable period of time, unless you have a second staircase. You must plan in advance for the family to live in half of the original built-in space – from the time the dismantling starts to the time when the new staircase is ready for use.
Your home is your own and no one can tell you what it should look like and what features it should have. Replacing a staircase can give a home a new look and a new lease on life. However, if it is not done correctly, or the style used is not right, it can have the opposite effect. Not only could it ruin the look of your home, it could result in structural damage.
Using the services of a company that specializes in staircase construction, repair and replacement is the right way to go about this. They will be able to provide you with a wide range of design options; they will help you as well to find the one that works best for your home.