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Working With What We Have Stair Treads PR 6

10 May 2011

We left off our stair remodel with a big huge MESS! And it was about to get messier pretty quick.  If you noticed in the plan, from before we had the newel posts moved back to open the space.  So we got to work on that deconstruction/construction next:

We plan on re-using the railing so we took it apart carefully and actually left a lot of it intact.  Anything we did cut we made sure to cut a little long.  Here Justin is cutting back the railing and removing it all:

 In the next few photos we should play the game, Where's Buddy?

You can see behind Justin that the railing is still mostly in one piece.  (and technically it still is...just sitting in the closet, not on the stairs, but hopefully soon!)  The next side is on the chop list!!  The space already feels SO much bigger!!
Then we started to remove the portion of the wall where the newel post is going to be.

Not photographed we nailed in a support for those boards in the wall (above).  Then installed the structural part of the post.  Don't laugh at us if we don't do it exactly right we wanted to make sure it was nice and strong, and you better believe this thing is not coming out.  When we are closer to getting done, we will put the pretty part on top of it.  We also re-used bits and pieces of 2 x 4wood that we already had, so some of it is randomly painted.

Below Justin is showing what it will look like once it is in.
 The actual building begins.

So the newel post structure is in, but the stairs are still atrocious.  More to come.

In case you want to follow along, check out these posts too: The PlanPart 1Part 3 and Part 4

Remodelaholic is written by Cassity and Justin.  Cassity has a degree in interior design and Justin is a landscape architect, so we adore everything that makes up a HOME!  We love to share home remodeling ideas and projects we’re working on. From huge kitchen renovation ideas to small bathroom remodels, there isn’t anything we won’t try to tackle (at least once!).  We  are in the midst of our third whole home renovation, so there should be a lot more inspiration coming your way.  We hope that you will stop by often for home design inspiration, tutorials, interior design tips, delicious recipes and what is going on in our family life.


A Nest in the Making May 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM  

That looks GREAT! I love how it's opening up your entry way! It's so crazy how such a small (ish) move can make such a huge difference.

classic • casual • home May 10, 2011 at 5:28 PM  

FABULOUS!!! We did something similar and it's so much better now...

Your black door is great...I think I will to that, too.

Stacy May 10, 2011 at 6:51 PM  

It's really coming along great! You two make a great team, very talented. Loved the design plans from the moment I saw them. Honestly, if it were my hubby and I, we wouldn't even know where to start on a project like this! :o)

Becky B. May 10, 2011 at 11:07 PM  

Brilliant! Such a great way to expand that area and make a statement too! Your hubby is very talented!

Becky B.
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laxsupermom May 11, 2011 at 6:47 AM  

Love how you used some of the 2x4 scrap from other projects. We do that, too. Really tiny pieces go in the firewood pile, but must chunks go in the pile of wood that might be useful for some future project pile. Can't wait to see the big reveal.

christymanar May 11, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

I am DYING to see what you do with the treads! I peeked under my carpet weeks ago on the stairs and my treads are the same way. So excited to see what you've done!!!

StepThruCrazy May 11, 2011 at 9:52 AM  

Can't wait to see the result! My stairs are terrifying, so I love seeing what other people are doing with theirs... ideas are great! Oh, and is the cat in the second "Where's Buddy" picture? Because I can't find him! :)

Ashley May 11, 2011 at 12:02 PM  

This is looking soooooooooooooooo great! I can't wait to see the rest!

Laree May 11, 2011 at 12:15 PM  

You're making me jealous - I wish my hubby would do things like this around the house!!!

It's going to be beautiful when you guys are done.

Kari May 11, 2011 at 3:45 PM  

I pulled all the carpet off my stairs too!! I painted them, you should check them out! :)I love your blog :)


alissa May 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM  

Wow Cassity - it's really going to look great when you guys are finished!

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