Kev had a dream last night. He dreamed that he removed the "old" stairs, and then the house fell down.
Makes one have confidence, doesn't it!
Actually, he knows they weren't structural, we knew that before we started this project, but still the dream illustrates how this project is constantly on his mind.
His goal this past weekend was to get the staircase down and fill in the floor joists.
I helped him take down the banister and pull the wiring that we were going to reroute back to the wall. It took longer than we anticipated, with a few obstacles that we were able to solve without much problem. Then Kev moved on to the joists.
We did have one unforeseen complication...
The dogs refused to use the new stairs. Yep, they were scared to death. We finally coaxed Midnight down them, and then he was fine. Fletch however is a dog of a different mettle...we coaxed, and bribed, and pleaded, and carried, but he just would not go down those stairs! Finally, after 24 hours, he went down them on his own. The winning motivation was his supper. He couldn't eat unless he went downstairs, so he finally gave it a try and now I know he's saying to himself, "Now why on earth did I think I couldn't do that!"
This last shot is of our new banister. The brown behind it is the love seat, but here's our rail. We still need to put the top cap on, and when it is, the banister will be done. Kev built it all from the same lumber as the steps. Well, not exactly. The wide rails are from wood he bought. But the supports and the top and bottom rails he cut, sanded, stained, and put together himself.
I can't say that I like the new stairs--their location anyway.
This morning, I went to set something on the banister...there wasn't a banister where I expected it to be. When we start out the door in the morning, we automatically turn to go down the stairs, only to realize that they are no longer there! We can't peek downstairs and see if Kat's light is on in the morning. We can't hear her move around. We have a lot of adapting to do...us and the dogs!
Next step, to get the old staircase down. I'll be sure to let you know if the house falls down.