Many homes in Whatcom County have stairs; some are homes built in the 1970’s in the typical split-level style of the era, with the entry door at the mid-point of the stairs; some are homes built on hillsides with up to 3 floor levels, others are just multi-story homes.

Sooner or later, these stairs will need some upgrading. Many were completely covered with carpeting, meaning you don’t know what is underneath, but it probably is not a high-quality hardwood!

So, assuming the worst, but hoping for something better, you tear out the carpet, and then have it replaced with . . . what? Here are some ideas:

  1. Bamboo flooring.
  2. Hardwood treads; alder, birch, cherry, red oak and more.
  3. Paint: this can be done in patterns and contrasting colors.
  4. Carpet runner down the central portion of the treads.
  5. If you are lucky enough to have hardwood for your stair treads, they will need refinishing from time to time. They will need sanding and refinishing with a durable polyurethane.
  6. Tile: Stair treads can be tiled to add architectural interest.
  7. Cork tile

Here are a few photos of a Bellingham home remodel we did that included the stairs:

Bellingham home remodel showing stairsBefore photo of Bellingham stairsRemodeled stairs