make over the main stairs

Up­grad­ing your stair­case is a great way to re­fresh a hall and cre­ate a good im­pres­sion

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Chang­ing your stair­case’s look or po­si­tion can trans­form your house

Re­vamp­ing your stair­case is a big job. Any­one who has done it be­fore will tell you it’s not some­thing to be un­der­taken lightly. But they will also tell you that it will trans­form your home, and is well worth the ef­fort and money.

Be­fore you dis­miss the idea, con­sider that up­dat­ing your stairs has lots of ben­e­fits be­yond sim­ply mak­ing them safer. You can cre­ate a more spa­cious hall, add hid­den stor­age to re­duce clut­ter, or even in­dulge your cre­ative side.

The ba­sics

If you de­cide to go ahead, there are a few things you should be pre­pared for. As this is a cen­tral area in your home, there will be dis­rup­tion – and we don’t just mean the stairs be­ing out of ac­tion. The place will likely get very dusty, so pack away your fur­ni­ture and or­na­ments and try to keep in­ter­nal doors shut. The up­stairs will also be in­ac­ces­si­ble, which could be a prob­lem if you don’t have a down­stairs loo.

Whether you’re tack­ling the work your­self or bring­ing in a com­pany, it will take about three days. If pos­si­ble, it’s a good idea to sleep else­where overnight, or at least send your kids to stay with fam­ily while the project is tak­ing place.

W here to start

Un­less you’re a DIY ex­pert, the safest idea is to get a pro­fes­sional to in­stall your stairs. You can order a com­plete mea­sure and fit ser­vice, or buy a flat­pack stair­case and then em­ploy a carpenter to in­stall it for you. It can cost any­where be­tween £250 and £20,000, so if you’re look­ing for some­thing more straight­for­ward, it pays to shop around for the best deal.

Build­ing reg­u­la­tions are end­less when it comes to stairs – from how much head height is re­quired to ac­cept­able width be­tween spin­dles and depth of steps, but your man­u­fac­turer should al­ready be com­pli­ant with all of these. It never hurts to check, though, as each home is dif­fer­ent.

Style it out

The last thing to con­sider is the ex­cit­ing bit – the de­sign. Even if you have very lit­tle space, there are still plenty of op­tions to choose from. Re­plac­ing like for like is tempt­ing, as you know it will work, but think about small changes, such as a new style of spin­dles, adding a car­pet run­ner (or tak­ing it away) or a dif­fer­ent kind of riser (solid or open). The small­est de­vi­a­tions from your usual style can re­ally make an im­pact. And if you’re re­ally not up for a com­plete over­haul, there are still lots of things you can do to change the look of your stair­case. Jobs such as re­plac­ing spin­dles, swap­ping solid-wood sides for glass or adding floor-level light­ing will cause min­i­mal dis­rup­tion but still cre­ate im­pact. You can make prac­ti­cal al­ter­ations, too, such as in­clud­ing stor­age un­der­neath. And for the ul­ti­mate cos­metic makeover, how about wall­pa­per­ing or painting the in­di­vid­ual ris­ers?

A pale vinyl floor will add light and longevity to a hall – try stone­mark tou­can cush­ion vinyl, £24 per sq m, Le­o­line

Walls in Grey teal and marigold matt emul­sion, £38 per 2.5ltr; skirt­ing in Wood Ash tra­di­tional oil gloss, £58 per 2.5ltr, all Lit­tle Greene

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