The stairs are often neglected when you remodel because you just do not think about them. However, your staircase has the potential to be a major focal point in your home. Since the stairs are such a small area, you can get creative. Green Bay realtors will tell you that the key is to opt for something simple and functional.
Turn Your Stairs into Storage
Each step can be transformed into a slide-out drawer. This is a place where you can store a number of smaller items. This also provides an immense amount of storage space because most home staircases are 10 to 12 stairs. This would be 10 to 12 storage drawers. This is a task you do not want to take on if you are unaware of what is under your stairs and not very handy. If you are handy, drawer track kits, some paint or stain, and some power tools could transform your staircase into storage space while still preserving your ability to use the stairs to get up and down to different floors in your home.
Light Them Up
If you have open space under each of your steps, you can use this space to light up your staircase. There are simple options like stick up lights that can easily be placed under each step with special adhesive strips. These just click on and off by you tapping on the lights. You can go with recessed lights if you want enhanced sophistication. This would require a lot of carpentry and electrical knowledge, so do not attempt it on your own unless you have the required skills.
Update Your Railings
If you are going for a more modern home, those Victorian banisters are not doing your home justice. Glass and metal are very popular in modern homes and these can be installed in a day either by you if you have the skills or a professional contractor. You can also mix modern, straight lines wood with glass, or just the wood. Wood can still be used in modern homes if it is stained the right color and is simple.
Dark woods are really in right now and work well with most design schemes. Changing the color of the wood is something that you can do with some time and elbow grease. First, you will need to strip your stairs down to their natural wood. This will require stripping chemicals, so take all necessary precautions and do this safely. Once everything is safely stripped and dry, you will need to take a dark wood stain and simply stain the stairs with the new color. Staining is something that can be tricky, so be sure to get some help if necessary. Once you have stained everything, you should apply a finishing wax or clear top coat to protect the wood. These will also make the stairs resistant to drink, dirt and food stains, and will make the stairs easier to clean.
You can see that there are many ways to change the staircase in your home. To get some help in determining which idea is best for your home, consult with Green Bay realtors.