Not really theater related, but I figured with the wealth of experience on this forum, I'd ask for some opinions any how.
With the summer winding down, I'm getting back into reno mode and would like to finish off the basement. All thats left is to trim/carpet and deal with the crappy basement stairs.
I was thinking about of cladding the steps with those riser/tread kits at Home Depot/Lowes. I'm trying to work out a few things in my mind before proceeding however.
1. I understand that the kit requires you to cut off the bullnose on the step. No problem, but how about the top most steps?
In this instance, I'll lay some engineered hardwood on the landing that matches the flooring we have on our main floor. I assume I can just use a standard nosing on the "lip"/edge and have the riser for the first step below come up underneath? Does that make sense?
Next, is the top most step, where it meets the threshold/tile of the main floor. This is a really weird transition... I assume I'd have to cut off the bullnose, install the riser on the top step and then "cap" it with a piece of wood that would sit flush with the edge of the threshold? Can anyone think of a different/better solution?
And finally, I'm going to build out a couple of small walls to close in the bottom of the steps (basically just a pair of triangular shaped walls that will sit flush with the top of the stringer). I think I'm going to paint the stringers and risers white and stain the treads as the exposed stringers will be just the builder grade wood. I'm trying to think about the best way to trim this out, seeing how the stringer continues all the way up and is slightly tucked under the drywall. My thought was to "cap" the triangular walls in some poplar so that the seam between the stringer and the new walls were hidden. But then, I'm left with the stringer showing up above.... if that makes any sense? Anyone have any advice?