Here are some pictures of what our stairs were like before our renovations.
Here's the evidence of why you shouldn't skimp on cement when you're laying a basement floor. I don't know if they ran out of money or time when they redid the floor, but there was a 5 ft by 5 ft bare patch under the stairs. We couldn't see it because it had been covered up by the stairs and boarded in. Richard was pulling out fistfuls of mud, sand, rotten wood and mold from that hole. And the stink when we ripped out the boards! Whew! You can see the boards and gyprock are rotten.
View from the basement going up. You can see a bit of the fresh cement Rich and my dad put down.
This is what our stairs looked like - a curious mix of laminate flooring, linoleum and brass. It was, um, different.
The half wall going up the stairs and across the floor. There was nothing wrong with it, but it was very dated. It wasn't of any use to anyone as far as helping them up the stairs, though.
Our rejected stairs sitting in the yard waiting for garbage day.
Stay tuned for the finished project!