Q: One visitor asked, "I have purchased a new construction townhouse and the stairs are plywood and will be covered in carpet. I was thinking of asking the builder not to install the carpet on the stairs, instead to put oak veneers on the stairs, and stain the veneers and oak banister to match my hardwood floor. Maybe paint the balusters and risers."
A: I definitely would not install veneer on the treads! It won't stand up. You would need a solid tread installed and veneer on the risers. If this is a winding staircase, you would be well advised to get a person who just does stairs because probably half of them would be pie shaped, so are not bought "off the rack". they would have to be specially made. Then the spindles and hand rail would have to be dismantled and adjusted to fit on the new treads.
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