Before and After Pictures of Front Entrance

Old Entry New Entry

This is what the entryway looked like before we did the demoltion. The original bannister had been destroyed years earlier and replaced with a salvage rail. Slate was cemented to the original pine floor just in front of the door. The rest was bare wood, badly warped and stained, that was hidden by heavy-duty carpet.

The floor was removed, new (level!) joists sistered onto the originals and a subfloor laid to take the ceramic tiles. A new oak bannister, newell post and stair treads were added. New sheetrock, with insulation, finished up before paint and paper. The ceiling got embossed wallpaper which looks very much like a tin ceiling.

Old Stairs New Stairs

Here's the old stairs with the bannister removed and the new sheetrock in place. Externally mounted lightswitches have been relocated and recessed.

A view of the almost finished project. The new flat style ballisters will all receive a colorful stencil.

Old Entry New Entry

Another view of the demolition of the entranceway. The bannister is already removed.

Almost completely finished entryway. Sheetrock, painting and new oak stair treads and bannister (with a home-made oak newell post) finish it up.