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A little back story: Our row-home, like most, is old, and includes many original fixtures that are not up to modern housing code. One thing we have always known we would have to replace (both because we wanted to ensure we met code requirements, and also because it was so hideous) was our banister. Our nasty old banister (again, see "before" pics) which was approximately 10 inches TOO SHORT. Well, now that we have a little bouncing bundle of joy, concerns like railing height suddenly matter a lot more. We decided to pull the plug and invest the money into making our upstairs hallway/stairway safer and more beautiful.
Of course, we had no idea where to turn at first as we needed both someone who would re-do the hardwood floors (which had been covered for decades with tiles and carpet) and tear out the existing rail/banister structure and build something new. We needed a craftsman, not any old flooring company. We could have gone with one company to do the floor, and another to do the banister, but were fearful that the two elements wouldn't flow well with each other if we went with separate contractors for each. After reading great reviews of Vintage Floors on Angie's List, we called them for an estimate. A total of SIX companies came to give estimates for the proposed job, and of the six, none came close to the professionalism, detail in description, and knowledge as
The project entailed two major parts, but a few other smaller (but also important) details. We had the existing banister structure torn out and the original (but dilapidated) hardwood covered with new oak flooring on two levels - a small landing area off the main stairs and the main upstairs hallway. In addition to this, we needed the three steps leading from the landing to main hall to be reinforced, and the handrail attached in a way - and place - that would also be code compliant. It is worth noting that the three stairs that needed reinforcing had basically no structural support and were just waiting to break. Now, however, they are sturdy as anything and look fantastic, too!
Even with the idiosyncrasies and irregularities of our 120+ year old home,
We would recommend Vintage Floors and Stairs to anyone without reservation. Fair and competitive pricing, craftsmanship and perfection beyond compare, and a gorgeous finished product. We are so, so happy we went with our gut and chose the best.
The only suggestion I would make is that the installers should either let the owners know of the dust problem so they can
with us and was expertly done. The recessed lighting and other electrical work was well
planned and executed.
The construction model for the kitchen was carried into the adjacent laundry/utility room (lighting, flooring, etc.) and a pocket door that had been partially installed between the two areas was completed and serves as a visual and sound
The top landing for the spiral staircase is impressive, blending into the wood floor at that level, and some minor flaws in the initial (partial) installation of the staircase by another contractor were well managed.
Smaller, but equally professional work was done in the installation of a new bedroom ceiling fan, completion of shelving in 2 rooms, and needed work on the ceiling and crown molding in the bathroom.
An assessment of the overall electrical service needs for the total project determined the need for a much higher-capacity service box, which was installed.
All around, the work was thorough and done as if it were their own house.
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