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Any negatives to natural maple colour staircase and hardward flooring?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:20 pm 
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Any negatives to natural maple colour staircase and hardward flooring?

There are no negatives in having natural maple floors and stairs as long as that's what you like and are OK with having it for many years to come. If you are thinking of selling the house in the near future then it's best to choose a colour that will appeal to potential buyers.

Hope this helps :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:45 pm 
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patrob wrote:
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Any negatives to natural maple colour staircase and hardward flooring?

There are no negatives in having natural maple floors and stairs as long as that's what you like and are OK with having it for many years to come. If you are thinking of selling the house in the near future then it's best to choose a colour that will appeal to potential buyers.

Hope this helps :)


I looove natural maple but do you find it shows scratches, etc. more readily then oak due to the lack of grain?


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I looove natural maple but do you find it shows scratches, etc. more readily then oak due to the lack of grain?

Yes it does.

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Laura & Manuel wrote:
Does anyone know of any brand that has the same (as close as possible) colour as Vintage White Oak Gotham? I've found some places that sell Vintage but they are all in the $7+ sq/ft. Would be great if we can find something between $5-6 range.

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Are you looking for smooth or hand scraped oak in the Gotham colour?

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Few questions -

If I plan to get hardwood laid on the second floor hallway at a later date should I get bullnosing done by the builder ahead of time?

Is it expensive to upgrade with a builder for solid wood staircase with white risers and white painted pickets?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:37 am 
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stilldeciding wrote:
Few questions -

If I plan to get hardwood laid on the second floor hallway at a later date should I get bullnosing done by the builder ahead of time?

Is it expensive to upgrade with a builder for solid wood staircase with white risers and white painted pickets?

Yes, if the builder can do 3/4" nosings now then it's better. I do recommended to get the hardwood stairs from the builder but not sure what to tell you about the cost as it will vary from one builder to another. It sure is easier to have it done through the builder unless they agree to leave the stairs totally unfinished and you do it after closing (if it will save you some $). But sometimes doing that after closing might not be any cheaper if you have to hire someone unless you do the work yourself :)

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patrob wrote:
stilldeciding wrote:
Few questions -

If I plan to get hardwood laid on the second floor hallway at a later date should I get bullnosing done by the builder ahead of time?

Is it expensive to upgrade with a builder for solid wood staircase with white risers and white painted pickets?

Yes, if the builder can do 3/4" nosings now then it's better. I do recommended to get the hardwood stairs from the builder but not sure what to tell you about the cost as it will vary from one builder to another. It sure is easier to have it done through the builder unless they agree to leave the stairs totally unfinished and you do it after closing (if it will save you some $). But sometimes doing that after closing might not be any cheaper if you have to hire someone unless you do the work yourself :)


If I have a builder do a maple or oak staircase do you think they charge alot more to add white risers and spindles? Also would the risers they are painting white the same wood as the steps or different grade, thanks.


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If I have a builder do a maple or oak staircase do you think they charge alot more to add white risers and spindles? Also would the risers they are painting white the same wood as the steps or different grade, thanks.


Regardless of if you pick oak or maple stairs, Mattamy uses maple treads and risers if you elect to go with white pickets, treads and risers as they take paint easier as there is less grain. We have oak stairs with white pickets, risers and treads. After the stair and stain upgrade to paint them white costs an addition $1369.


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Dan Drmanic wrote:
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If I have a builder do a maple or oak staircase do you think they charge alot more to add white risers and spindles? Also would the risers they are painting white the same wood as the steps or different grade, thanks.


Regardless of if you pick oak or maple stairs, Mattamy uses maple treads and risers if you elect to go with white pickets, treads and risers as they take paint easier as there is less grain. We have oak stairs with white pickets, risers and treads. After the stair and stain upgrade to paint them white costs an addition $1369.


Thanks Dan for the info, we aren't looking at Mattamy as we are looking to move much further out from the GTA but I'm sure other builders are the same. Do you have a pic of your stairs you'd care to share? We own an older home presently with white oak staircase with white risers. Love the look, don't think I could go back to just a plain solid wood staircase.


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stilldeciding wrote:
If I have a builder do a maple or oak staircase do you think they charge alot more to add white risers and spindles? Also would the risers they are painting white the same wood as the steps or different grade, thanks.

Regarding the price you have to contact the builder but at least Dan gave you a good idea on what Mattamy charges. Every builder will be different. Usually for two tone staircase, the risers or painted surfaces will be maple or white wood (poplar).

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My builder has included 3.25 x 3/4 Oak hardwood floors and stairs but we wanted dark floors and stairs and I`m guessing going through the builder will cost an arm and a leg to upgrade.
Can they be sanded and stained dark after moving in ?
Any cons to going this route ?


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M4rtin wrote:
My builder has included 3.25 x 3/4 Oak hardwood floors and stairs but we wanted dark floors and stairs and I`m guessing going through the builder will cost an arm and a leg to upgrade.
Can they be sanded and stained dark after moving in ?
Any cons to going this route ?

It's not a good idea to sand your brand new floors! Plus finish quality is not the same as factory finish, no warranty, takes almost a week to have floors completed. I recommend you upgrade the stain through the builder. You should have added stained floors/stairs in the purchase agreement.

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Hi Patrob
What do think about canadian satin finish oak hardwood.

Thanks..


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