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1960's center hall colonial - entrance foyer/hallway

judyschwartz55January 17, 2013
I have an oak banister and handrail that goes up the stairs to the 2nd floor, removed the banister on the hallway side to repair it and kind of like it with just the stairs; no banister on one side (handrail is on other side against wall). Should I leave it or put the banister back and if so, how can I keep it traditional but modernize it
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Maybe changing the carpet to hardwood to give it a more modern look!
    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 3:04PM
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I think tayler is right. Removing the carpet and having wood treads would help.
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    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 3:14PM
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I find interesting the idea of changing the oak banister into a carpet one! In my opinion having a carpet scale is so special and nice on an apartament interior..
    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 3:25PM
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What is a carpet scale? A carpet banister? What?
1 Like    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 3:50PM
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Greg the PAINT-IT! guy
The railing is A MUST! Do NOT do away with such a safety feature! They can be STUNNING "accessories" when done to furniture finish quality. You're going into VERY dangerous territory if you remove and do away with it! NO, no, no way... unless there's acouple of matresses stacked on the floor. Keep the video camera handy and don't ever let your Insurance agnet come to visit.
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I agree. Remove the carpet from the stairs, but it needs the bannister for safety. Maybe make it wrought iron?
1 Like    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 7:40AM
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I would replace them for safety reasons. Remove carpet and paint the rail and treads black. It looks great and gives it a bit of a contemporary lien. Check out the TV show Revenge. The Greyson house has that combo and it looks amazing.
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 7:54AM
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I would change the flooring too...maybe some new tile to bring it into 2013
    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 6:18PM
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I was actually going to replace the floor and put in tile and I've decided to put the banister back but I will be refinishing it. Thank you all!
    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 7:23PM
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Tres McKinney Design
The most important change you could make is to remove the fully carpeted stairs and replace the treads with hardwood and a carpet runner if you like. Creeser's photo example is an elegant solution.
Don't throw good money after bad recarpeting your stairs as did the original builder trying to skimp by not installing hardwood treads in the first place. Removing the banister on that short length opens up and lightens the look of the stairs.Replace the parquet floor with hardwood.
    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 8:12PM
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The stairs are hardwood treads, I recently put that carpet on them :( my teenage son has gotten it dirty in 6 months. The naked stairs looked really odd to me and they were so noisy.. also, wouldn't the upstairs hallway need to be wood as well - would seem odd to have a carpet on the hall floor and not on the stairs.
    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 9:18PM
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Here is my take. The carpet just doesn't work. Get a medium colored pattern runner for the stairs, For the noise and for safety - you less likely to slip on the rug and if you do it adds a bit of cushion for the fall. I would put the rail back up, as you have already decided to do. Again for safety. See:
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The medium color and pattern will hide dirt the best. Maybe you need mats by the doors to catch some of the dirt that comes in. I have one from LLBean that is great at my back door. I can't believe the dirt that gets tracked into the house. This is one example, a funny herring "bone" and there are other patterns, sizes and colors: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/76528?feat=902-CL1&page=herring-bone-waterhog-mat-18-x-28

About your question haing carpeting upstairs: the runner can end at the last riser at the top:
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    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 10:33PM
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