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    • BMLD
    • By BMLD 8th Apr 18, 12:14 PM
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    New banister and handrail for stairs
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    • 8th Apr 18, 12:14 PM
    New banister and handrail for stairs 8th Apr 18 at 12:14 PM
    We recently moved into a new home without a banister or handrail on either side of the stairs and want to get them fitted. We just want a pretty simple white painted wood design with square shaped balusters and a slightly rounded handrail on both sides (I'm a new user so can't post links to example images). The banister would be approx 1.8m and the handrail against the wall approx 4m and curving round the top of the stairs.

    We're pretty new to this kind of thing and have been getting quotes in the range of 530 (shop bought materials and includes the fitting) to 3000 (handmade and includes the supply and fit). Any advice on what a reasonable quote is (we are in the South, just outside London) and what to ask carpenters would be appreciated!
    Last edited by BMLD; 08-04-2018 at 12:21 PM.
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    • maisie cat
    • By maisie cat 8th Apr 18, 12:43 PM
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    It really depends on how handy you are, we had the same in our old house and needed to fit in order to sell. We bought the richard burbridge components and justified the purchase of a mitre saw. It took a weekend. If I remember, the distance between the spindles needed to be a maximum of 100mm, it may have changed. If you are painting the spindles, do it after they've been cut and before fitting, a massive time saver. You could price up the materials using B&Q and decide whether the extra for fitting is worth it to you.
    • Furts
    • By Furts 8th Apr 18, 5:27 PM
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    B&Q will be very expensive for the items. This may not matter because there are not vast quantities, but otherwise look at builders merchants, Screwfix, and local timber merchants for your bits. To give an example I can buy quadrant at my local timber merchant for a fifth of what B&Q charge for it. View this another way - call it 80% off, which should concentrate the mind.
    • millie
    • By millie 8th Apr 18, 8:18 PM
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    We bought our stair parts from Richard Burbidge them selves through their website. I was quite a lot cheaper than B & Q and there was a stair planner online to work out exactly what we needed and all the fitting instructions. This was about 10 years ago so things may be different now but probably worth checking out. Q4QEAAYASAAEgIFLfD_BwE
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