I am not sure whether a whole replacement might be the way to go, but we have very creaky stairs, and a super ugly ballustrate and the footprint of the bottom step is not what I either (too decorative)
Has anyone any experience in this area? There seem to be lots of companies that sell staircases or parts but perhaps it is just a normal carpenter to fit? I want something quite plain .
I also want some drawers in the low bit under the stairs.
My husband is a "decorator" (he does much more than just decorate) - he pulled down all the stairs panelling when I was 37 weeks pregnant! and put up new balustrades with a handrail. He then kind of sanded off the nule (sp?) posts to shape them a little. It looks a lot better.
He also did it for his uncle - the quote didn't cost as much as I thought it would.
Someone would be able to supply and fit for you, no problem. It'll only take a couple of days.