With various styles, shapes, designs and materials available, the sky is the limit for your new staircase.
No matter what your budget, a new staircase can completely change the look of your home.
This article will cover what you can expect to pay to install a new staircase as well as factors that can affect the cost.
Typical Staircase Costs
Below are roughly the sorts of prices you can expect to pay for both the supply and install of a staircase. This would be 13 rises at 200mm at 865mm width. Also includes a full handrail on one side of the stairs with a balustrade and newel post.
|Budget (Softwood)||Mid-Value (Pine/Softwood)||Premium (Oak)|
|180° Turn / Half Landing||£1050||£1220||£3,000|
Note that that budget staircase would be softwood string material, MDF riser and tread material. A mid-range design would be a pine string, riser and tread. A premium design would be oak string, riser and tread.
There are also additional factors that can increase the price. These include the following:
|Extra Risers (More Than Standard 13)||+£60 per riser|
|Basic Balustrade (Softwood Spindles, One Side)||+£150 - £180 per side|
|Embedded Glass Balustrade (One Side)||+£500 per side|
|Landing Balustrade (Including Spindles)||+30 - £60 each|
In terms of labour costs, installation can take anywhere from 2 days for basic straight staircases to 4 days or more for bespoke designs.
To give you an idea of labour costs, carpenters typically charge from £125 – £375 per day, general builders £100 – £300 per day, carpet fitters £100 – £200 per day and labourers £100 – £160.
Parts of the Staircase
Understanding all the technical terms of a staircase can be a little confusing. The diagram below should help you identify them.
Credit: A Wood Idea
Factors That Affect the Cost
Type of Materials Used
Hardwoods such as oak are typically cost a lot more than softwoods. Oak is very popular for British homeowners but because many stairs are carpeted nowadays, it doesn’t matter so much what you use from a visual perspective.
If they are exposed in more expensive property, oak is often used. If carpet is used, joiners often use engineered timber products because they are cheaper and have good strength. These products include MDF, plywood, chipboard etc. Stairs built in houses built up to the 1990s often used softwoods like pine.
The tradesmen that access your property need to have easy access to the building in order to carry materials to site, as well as through doors. This affects the time tradesmen need to be on-site and therefore, the labour costs.
Removal of Existing Staircase
Note that the prices above do not include the removal of your existing staircase, so make sure you discuss this with the contractor or professional you decide to use.
Building Control Officer Fee
A Building Control Officer needs to inspect and approve your staircase and well sign it off if everything complies with the Building Regulations. Expect to pay a fee of around £200 for this.
If only repairs or replacing certain parts of the staircase are required, rather than replacing the entire staircase, then this shouldn’t apply, but it’s best to check with a professional just in case.
Labour costs in London and the south of England are generally more expensive than elsewhere.
If the contractor needs to travel beyond a certain radius, then they may add an extra fee on top. Unless you live in a very rural location or want to use a joiner that operates further afield, you shouldn’t need to pay extra.
Types of Staircase
There are a wide variety of different staircase designs available. Therefore, it’s a good idea to consider the common ones available and when it’s a good idea to use each one.
Straight stairs are the most popular, simplest and cheapest type of staircase. Quarter turn and half turn staircases help save space, increase privacy between floors and can look more appealing too.
Half turn staircases with a large landing area can be good for older people and care homes who need to take a break going up the stairs.
Both winding and spiral staircases look fantastic and take up little space. Spiral staircases are built with metal and incorporate complex designs. Winding staircases can span several floors.
Will I Need Planning Permission to Build a New Staircase?
It’s a good idea to be aware of the Building Regulations involved when designing your new staircase. If you’re replacing an existing staircase, you probably don’t need to apply for planning permission.
Can I Install a New Staircase Myself?
Installing a new staircase is a very complex task. Because the work needs to be approved by a Building Control Officer, it is best to hire a professional staircase fitter.
This ensures your staircase is installed safely and securely and passes all the required Building Regulations.
Things to Consider When Installing a New Staircase
Because installing a new staircase is a complex job, there are a few things to bear in mind before going ahead with it.
- You may not have access to the second floor throughout the installation.
- Do your research on the options you have for the space you have available.
- Check with your local council for regulations and fees for a staircase inspection.
- Ensure the tradespeople and professionals you hire have had experience working specifically with staircases. Most should be able to show you case studies or past examples of similar designs you’re looking for.
- If you’re working with a carpenter for the installation, check they are registered with the British Woodworking Federation.
- Ask any contractors who do any work that they have public liability insurance.
- Check that your tradesman offers a guarantee, along the lines of a 5-year guarantee or more
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