Cost of Fitting a New Staircase
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to fit a new staircase, including the costs of labour and materials.
A new staircase is a major speaking point in any home. It adds appeal, charm, elegance, and can truly change the appearance of any home/space. If you wish to do remodeling work, fitting a new staircase is one of the many projects you can undertake.
This, however, isn’t a project for you to attempt a DIY project. Far from it, this is complex, requires a great deal of experience, the right tools/equipment, and understanding of foundation/leveling in the home. For such reasons, hiring a contractor is the first thing you will do, even before deciding on the design and materials for fitting your new staircase.
What the job entails
Initially, a survey of the home is required. Determining if there is sufficient height, if the ground is level, if it is legal/advisable to install the staircase, and proper placement, are all aspects a contractor will discuss with you, the homeowner.
Next, begins the design phase. Here you will discuss whether you prefer a spiral or straight-staircase. Do you want a wide, or narrow steps installed? Do you like a beam or ornate details? At this point, material selection should also be discussed, in order to determine the cost and the duration for fitting a new staircase in the home.
It is possible to use an escalator or moving staircase in some homes. This is going to cost much more money to install and requires far more upkeep. Many owners will choose the traditional staircase, as it requires little to no maintenance.
There is also a foldable/removable staircase option. Similar to those you find leading up to an attic in a home, you can discuss something which folds/stores away if you have a smaller space, or simply want a “loft-style” bedroom space. These projects can be discussed with your contractor, in determining the viability of the project, and cost to perform the installation of these items.
If you wish to perform additional work in the home, this might be the time to do it. Installing and fitting new flooring or carpeting is highly advisable at this time. One contractor can perform all of these fitting and installation services, reducing the completion time, and costs, for the custom design services they will perform in your home.
If you wish to paint walls, install new furniture, or even add new lighting or fixtures to the walls/ceilings, this is a great time to consider doing these projects as well. You can work in one area of the home at a time, and you can complete project by project until the room/area of the home is complete.
With a new staircase always comes the issue of foundation/leveling; however, you also have the issue of items being attached/affixed to the ceiling or roof. Therefore, a survey of the home might be required, to determine if this type of project can be completed in the home. This should be done prior to design and choosing materials for the new staircase which will be fit into the home. Not only to ensure it is a viable project the contractors can complete, but also to allow them to determine the proper placement, size, width, and any other design features which have to be accounted for, in fitting and installing your new custom staircase in the home.
Cost and materials are a major area of concern. Especially if you want an ornate, lavish, or luxurious style staircase built into the home. The cost of materials is high, elegant details in design require more time to construct, and typically need to be custom ordered for installation.
The size of your home, clearance, and any potential issues with foundation might also lead to setbacks in the design and installation of your new staircase. If there are issues with fitting/spacing or sizing concerns, this might set the project back. If custom sized stairs have to be designed, this will also require more time to complete the fitting and installation of the new staircase.
Financial issues are always a cause for concern when adding any type of addition to your home; this includes fitting and installing a new staircase. When hiring contractors, you have to account for delays, increases in cost, and setbacks during the design and construction phase.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having a new staircase fitted.
Q What will determine the price of the project?
Several factors will contribute to the price with the main factor being the material; hardwood is going to cost twice as much as softwood. Expect a minimum of £2500 for a new staircase. This is to include: design, foundation/leveling, installation, materials, surfacing (roof and flooring). The addition of ornate/custom materials, spiral/straight, and other design elements will obviously increase the cost.
Q Can I install a staircase in my home?
If the home is tall enough, is level, and if the structure can withstand a staircase, yes, you can install it in the home. This is best discussed with a licensed contractor, who has experience with such design projects.
Q How long will this installation take?
From start to finish, duration could be up to a month especially if this isn't a replacement job. Ordering supplies, custom design/materials, leveling/foundation work, roofing/ceiling surfacing, are all aspects which will increase the duration to complete this type of planning, fitting and installation in the home. In terms of just building and fitting a new staircase a competent joiner should be able to do this within a week. Just the actual fitting shouldn't take more than 1-2 days.
Q Will a staircase increase my home’s value?
It should. This is a selling point, as it is an addition you are adding to the home. When listing your property for sale, it is something you can include in the details, as an improvement you made to the home.
Q Where can I place the staircase?
Typically, it needs to be installed in a central location. This will depend on the home’s layout, foundation, and leveling. The contractor will discuss all design, placement, and installation aspects prior to commencing the project.
Q Is this an easy project?
It is not as simple as most other additions (new carpet, flooring, lighting, etc.) However, if you hire a licensed, experienced contractor, it is a project they can typically perform with ease and limited setbacks in the design and construction phases.