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Staircases. Easy to change?

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FloralPuddles Tue 21-May-13 14:54:18

I wonder if anyone can tell me if its easy to literally just swop one staircase to another style? Would I need any official permission for this? expensive?

At the moment our doer-upper has a typical 70's stair case, similar to these:

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Mine though are in a really horrific brown!

The house is a 70's build would you change the stairs or try to pretty up these 'original' ones?

I would much prefer something like this:

www.sdmjoinery.co.uk/files/gallery/Stair%201.preview.jpg

Thank you for any input!

wonkylegs Tue 21-May-13 15:01:12

They need to comply with building regs for safety. Gaps must be small enough to make sure a kid can't get stuck and banisters need to be high enough to not fall over. Google building regs & stairs.

FloralPuddles Tue 21-May-13 15:06:21

Thanks for that Wonkylegs, I thought that there may be more to it!

CanadianJohn Tue 21-May-13 15:33:23

Seen by my Canadianized eyes, the first picture is really inappropriate for anything except a rustic cabin out in the woods.

You are not replacing the staircase, just the bannister and balusters. Shouldn't be a problem, though as Wonky said, check the building regulations.

MinimalistMommi Tue 21-May-13 17:13:24

You're lucky, I have to get ,my staircase twisted around 180 degrees, such a pain...I keep putting of the rip down to the council offices to find out more...

MinimalistMommi Tue 21-May-13 17:13:34

Trip even.

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