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Old 04-25-2015, 10:03 AM   #1
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Staircase Coversion: Bannisters


We are thinking about converting our existing stairway “half wall” into something more open with handrail and bannisters. I think my DIY skills are good enough to tackle a project like this, but the wife might want to go with a contractor. I would like to get some preliminary thoughts on what questions/concerns might come up on this. There really isn't much to it other than drywall and studs to cut out, then attach a handrail and newell? Carpet is going to stay.

What thoughts come to your mind?...pros/cons?



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Your attachments come up with "invalid links".

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Your attachments come up with "invalid links". rossfingal
Hmmm...was having trouble earlier, iPhone app only lets me post one pic at a time. Sorry about that.

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Make it easy on yourself and leave a short wall there so you do not have to deal with the exposed ends of the treads.
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Make it easy on yourself and leave a short wall there so you do not have to deal with the exposed ends of the treads.
I guess I need to find some pics of my vision. I totally agree that I was not wanting to deal with the ends of the treads. In my mind, I'm envisioning having the look of the existing "top 1x6" lowered to just a few inches above lowest part of tread and then have spindles/bannisters set into that at an angle, rather than them going into the treads. Hope makes sense.
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This concept...just not as fancy :-)

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I already posted a picture.
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I already posted a picture.
yes...followed that link. Thank you. Was just pulling one pic out to relay my thought of treads vs. no treads
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