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Old 2011-08-21, 11:18 PM
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Any thoughts on whether this is a wise move to get it done with the builder. Has anyone done it after the fact and saved money. We will do hardwood ourselves later but are considering having the builder do the stairs -although seems pricey
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Old 2011-08-21, 11:29 PM
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I have done it with the builder. My brother did it after the fact. His house was not livable for a couple of weeks since they had to remove the railing. Saving for him was around 1500, I paid 7500. So, for us, this was not an option with 3 kids.
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Old 2011-08-22, 10:39 AM
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We paid about $3,000 for ours, but they are just straight up, no landings in between and not curved. We got oak as well stained.
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Old 2011-08-22, 10:58 AM
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I would do this through the builder, IMHO.
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Old 2011-08-22, 03:28 PM
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I would do it through the builder also. Have you go your design catalogue yet? Mattamy's hardwood upgrade for the stairs was quite reasonable for our model.
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Old 2011-08-22, 10:47 PM
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I would definitely get this done with the builder. You won't be saving much unless you can do the entire job yourself. Save the headaches...give them the cash. As for Hardwood flooring, doing it after is much cheaper. The going rate for hardwood supplied by the builder is roughly starting at $14 per sq ft. If you can do tiles after too, that can save you some cash too!
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Old 2011-08-24, 12:59 PM
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We have a curved staircase and went through the builder to upgrade it to wood. Structurally the base for the hardwood stairs was different than the base for stairs that would only have carpet.
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Old 2011-08-24, 06:52 PM
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We were going to get this through the builder, but then cancelled. It was $15,000! We had to decide on this upgrade at the structural phase (at which point we had no prices from the design center on all the other possible upgrades, and our builder 100% refused to give us even a clue as to what the other prices would be, so we had no clue how this would affect our total budget when we made the decision). Once we had our first design center appointment, we realized we could get a lot of other upgrades for $15,000, so we ended up carpeting the stairs instead. We also realized the hardwood on the stairs would be dangerous for our toddler, so it was a win-win to cancel it. But anyway, if I were to get it, I would have the builder to it, that's a pretty massive job.
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Old 2011-08-26, 01:10 PM
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I did it with the builder too. I heard it would be a lot of work to do it after closing.
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Old 2011-08-26, 01:25 PM
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We are getting it done after. Just booked them today.
The big factor was that we wanted the stairs to match the type of wood that we were putting down on the floor - with the builder we had only two choices of wood for the stairs. Our other consideration is that we were able to get the hardwood we wanted, stairs and railings to match for the same price as having the builder to the hardwood.

When doing it afterward, they will put up a temporary railing. We were also told that it would be only one week.
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