Once you have built stairs to a new living area such as a converted basement or attic, create a finished look by adding hardwood. A wooden stairway looks more upscale than one covered with carpeting and hardwood installation is not difficult. This project takes one day and costs between $250 and $500 based on size of stairway and type of wood used.
You will need:
• Hardwood stair treads
• Hardwood stair risers
• Construction adhesive
• Tape measure
• Box level
• Miter saw
• Circular saw
• Finish nailer
• Rubber mallet
• Wood stain
• Polyurethane finish for wood
• Air compressor
• Shop vacuum
Step 1: Use the circular saw to cut the lip back on existing stair treads. Vacuum the stairs with the shop vacuum.
Step 2: Mark the location where cuts should be made on the hardwood stair treads and risers. Use a miter saw to cut each piece. Create an exact edge by using the grinder on each piece of cut hardwood.
Step 3: Apply construction adhesive to the back of the first riser being installed. Position the riser into its location on the stairway and use the finish nailer to nail it in place.
Step 4: Repeat Step Three for the first stair tread.
Step 5: Follow this process for each step in the stairway. The rubber mallet will help you position the stairs correctly. Use the box level to make sure each stair is even and plumb. Add shims when necessary.
Step 6: After hardwood has been installed on the entire stairway, allow time for the construction adhesive to dry. Lightly sand the wood with the sandpaper and use the shop vacuum and broom to clean the stairway.
Step 7: Stain the stairs the desired color. Once the stain has dried, apply a polyurethane finish to add shine and protection.