I had no idea that stairs would take so long to put in, but I guess they are pretty tricky. Apparently it will end up being around 4-5 days work because it includes staining the steps. We had the choice to stain the balustrades as well, but I think painting them would fit in better with the picture rails on the wall. Unless anyone can come up with a good reason to stain them of course?
This was what I came home to on the second day:
Apparently the stair guy was missing one of the balustrades so he had to leave it like this:
The next day (a Saturday!) stair guy and Shamus the builder came back to finish up the stairs and attach wood to the steel beams (for soundproofing). This is the final result:
These steps will be polished some time during the week. At the moment they have covers on them so that they aren’t damaged by me who keeps going downstairs all the time now: