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Old 11-26-2014, 10:43 PM   #1
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This is my first post here, but by the looks of it I have come to the right place. My wife and I are currently selling our home and have our eyes on another house that currently has a spiral staircase in it. I know this will must likely not be a do-it-yourself job, but I wanted to see if anyone had an idea of what we could to it. The way it currently is positioned is in a very awkward spot. Of course, maybe we can do a condensed spiral staircase, but I would love it if we could do a more modern style (not sure if the wall is big enough). My questions are: does anyone know what might be the cost to add a staircase, ideas on the type of staircase we should put in, and what are we to do with the circular hole at the top if we did do a more modern style? I have included a picture below. The size of the wall is about 16 feet. I truly appreciate any feedback as my wife and I would like to make this our home!

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Old 11-26-2014, 10:46 PM   #2
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:39 PM   #3
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Costs are too variable depending on location. No one here could give you an accurate estimate. You would need to call local contractors.
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Old 11-27-2014, 07:22 PM   #4
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for a spiral staircase you really need to call a specialist.. most finished staircases are built by carpenters who specialize in stairs. and spiral stairs are usually built by the more experienced ones
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We will need more information and pictures before we can help you. I believe you need 5 posts to be be able to post pictures, unless that has been changed.

As for the hole the stairs are in right now, you can frame that hole in. The next question is where will you cut into the floor upstairs for the new stairs. Do you want a radius stairs or a spiral stairs or do you want some other type?
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Old 12-01-2014, 12:15 AM   #6
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Hello there ccguidry! The cost of installing a new stair would depends on the materials you are going to use. You can ask a quote from a professional stair installation team like Allstairs. My brother has this (picture below) similar spiral stair in his home, thought you might like the idea. Good luck!


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Old 12-05-2014, 08:40 AM   #7
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If getting rid of the spiral and going to regular stairs, you may end up spending a lot.
It could start with BY HOUR costs because rough framing will have to be explored - that is, the lumbers that are hidden under the sheetrock - and how they will have to be changed and supported. Spiral needs about the square framing where as stairs need a rectangle, and span and load carrying needs are different and changed.
This can involve reframing the floor/ceiling with the spiral, supporting structure underneath, and the floor/ceiling of the space above. If through the kitchen, you can lose cabinet space. You can lose space in other rooms. This means opening up walls and you may be, then, required to update the utilities behind the sheetrock, minimum electrical (gauge, breaker, gfi) and possibly plumbing.
Just on these points, you should bid low on the house. If you can buy it less than $20,000 minimum than bank appraisal, you may be on the acceptable track for the renovation.
Sorry but all of this is based on a lot of guess with some information.
I'd buy it only if the house needs upgrading and on the market as such.

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