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Stone staircase and hall flooring issues

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We have a bit of a pita of a hallway flooring situation and I'm hoping someone will have inspiration for me!

We live in a victorian house with a bit of a quirky hall due to various conversions and alterations.

Downstairs floor is now lovely mosaic tiles, period style. Should be bloody lovely given what they cost!

But the stairs and upper landings are difficult. The main flight of stairs is narrow and fully enclosed between two walls with a 90 degree bend at the bottom. This bottom step is directly adjacent to our front door. This long flight of stairs is stone. Up the stairs you hit first landing which is dodgy floorboards, then another 3 wooden stairs then upstairs hallway.

At the moment this whole lot is carpeted but it's an absolute nightmare and it's rapidly needing replaced again.

When we first moved in the stairs were painted at the edges with a dark blue runner which made it look unbearably dark. The carpet also flapped around at the edge of the first landing because the stone stairs have no lip to attach to.

Then the stairs were fully carpeted with laminate on the middle landing. Total trip hazard as the edge bits lifted constantly. The bottom step by the door also flaps around as despite glue and strips the bastard just comes off. Not helped by 4 cats.
Currently the whole lot from bottom step to top of house is carpeted but after 5 years it bloody needs redone, the bottom step is flapping, and there's a hole on the landing. Bastard cat.

Wtf do I do with it!! There are gripper rods on the stair which are a mix of drilled and screwed, and glued. I think bits of the carpet are glued...

Anybody got any ideas on how to deal with this git? Are painted stone stairs hideous?

Lowdoorinthewal1 Tue 11-Apr-17 15:00:17

No idea, but good diagram work.

Are they attractive stone or do they need hiding?

They're painted at least partially, I'll try to get a look at the bottom one with it's flappy carpet. I think I might have an old photo actually...

Semaphorically Tue 11-Apr-17 15:15:04

The lowest maintenance option for the stone stairs would be no covering at all. If they're hideous uncovered then I would probably investigate having them covered in wood - you could drill into the stone plus glue for fixing?

Drilling them is an absolute nightmare, they are very solid. No idea what type of stone but they make our sandstone walls look like wood by comparison.

The problem as well is the combo of surfaces. So far it seems like unless we have the lower stairs carpeted fully them attaching carpet to the first landing also becomes really tricky. And the floorboards on landing two are very bad so it will need covering in some way.

Bluntness100 Tue 11-Apr-17 15:25:57

Is there a budget issue? Could you simply have the stone ones replaced so you gave the same stars all the way up?

Unfortunately I think the house would come with them - I'd be very shocked if they're not structural.

Lowdoorinthewal1 Tue 11-Apr-17 15:37:45

Maybe you could have them blasted to get the paint off then seal them with some kind of resin if they are not hideous. In reality I have no idea though!!

Have you been in neighbours houses to see what solutions they have?

I've seen a few but every house is different, the others tend to be upstairs flats so they just have a straight up staircase with no bends. Most of them are painted but they're more like the entrance to the flat whereas ours is in the middle.

It's a converted mews.

cathyandclare Tue 11-Apr-17 15:52:06

We have painted stone stairs (already painted off white-ish when we moved in) we've got a runner and rods.
Thought about sandblasting them, but did that somewhere else and it is the world's messiest and most unpleasant job.

Yours look lovely! They're much more finished and shaped than ours sadly, and much wider. Admittedly I've only seem ours with a navy runner which made it so dark and narrow!

trixymalixy Tue 11-Apr-17 16:16:08

Here's our staircase. It's also stone.

The carpet is attached by gripper strips that have been nailed into the stone. I'll have a check when i get home how the carpet is attached to the landing. I think it's by gripper strip too

wowfudge Tue 11-Apr-17 16:19:53

I'd have them with no carpet or other covering. Why don't you contact a company that specialises in cleaning and sealing stone floors? They can probably suggest a couple of options to restore and protect the stone.

That looks really nice too. I think it must be the position of the bottom of the stairs relative to the door that's the issue for is, I think it just gets so many knocks and bumps. Plus kids sitting on the steps to put shoes on, throwing stuff on it. Then once there's a loose edge...bastardy cats

trixymalixy Tue 11-Apr-17 16:23:13

Also on our top landing we had a wooden lip made to finish it off nicely. That might be a solution for your landing. I'll take a photo of it tonight if I remember.

trixymalixy Tue 11-Apr-17 23:43:58

This is the top landing. We had a lip made that fitted against the floorboards.

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