How Much Does it Cost to Build or Remodel a Staircase?

Typical Range:

$960 - $3,283

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Updated April 15, 2021

Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Cost to Build a Staircase

It costs the average homeowner $2,049 to build a staircase. This project ranges from $960 and $3,283 but can cost as low as $350 and as high as $5,000. However, you could pay up to $10,000 for more extensive or custom projects.

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National Average $2,049
Typical Range $960 - $3,283
Low End - High End $325 - $6,000

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 3,993 HomeAdvisor members.

Interior Staircase Installation Cost

Replacing your interior stairs will cost between $900 and $4,000, including installation. Higher quality materials and challenging projects could raise the price up to $10,000.

Stair Installation by LocationCost
Basement (unfinished) stairs$900 - $1,500
Basement (finished) stairs$920 - $2,880
Main staircase$2,400 - $4,000
Attic stairs$500 - $900

If you don’t need a full-blown installation, repairing stairs or railings costs $310 to $1,000.

Cost to Build Exterior Stairs

the average cost to build stairs or railings is $1,900 or $350 to $5,200

The price of exterior stairs depends on the project size and material you choose.

Cost to Build Deck Stairs

While building a deck costs $4,110 to $10,640, stair installation on its own costs $15 to $25 per square foot. Learn more about deck railing costs.

Patio stairs are often built from matching wood, though for a short-rise patio, wooden stairs can add a small but elegant accent.

Front Steps Cost

Concrete steps cost between $1,200 and $2,500. Wooden steps are $15 to $25 per square foot.

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Average Cost to Remodel a Staircase

Cost to Remove and Replace Staircase

The cost to demolish old stairs lands between $300 and $2,000. Price varies according to material and construction type.

While it might seem easy and fun to demolish stairs yourself, you should put down the sledgehammer. Stairs are engineered to safely support the weight of a person moving from one level to the next. Professionals actually disassemble stairs more than smash them to pieces. It takes lots of time to ensure your house isn’t damaged.

Cost to Move Stairs

You’ll need a contractor to move stairs. Relocating them costs anywhere from $45 to $85 per hour. Stair installation alone would take two carpenters about 8 hours; moving a staircase could take 12 or more hours. This would cost $720 to $2,040.

Moving the stairs is an involved process but one that opens living space and transforms your home. A contractor’s hourly rates depend on their experience, demand for their work, and the state that you live in. Find a general contractor near you for an estimate.

Cost to Paint a Stairwell

The stairwell is the area and walls surrounding a staircase. Painting a stairwell costs between $350 and $450. The size and complexity of your stairwell will determine the price.

But painting your stairwell isn’t your only option. You can revamp your staircase by giving it a fresh coat of paint, which averages $590. With all its corners, rails, balusters, nooks, and crannies, painting a staircase takes longer and subsequently costs more.

If you only need to paint one part of your staircase, you could pay $4 to $12 per linear foot. This is about the cost to paint a deck railing.

Custom Staircase Remodel Cost

Custom stairs could cost anywhere from $2,000 to $30,000, or even more, depending on the project. From ornate newels to modern floating treads, there’s no limit to customizing your stairs.

Buying pre-built custom stairs is at least $1,000 to $2,000, but this often doesn’t include railings or posts. Adding those features plus paying for installation costs $3,000 to $4,000 in total. Remember, the more custom your stairs, the more you’ll pay — some custom projects run upwards of $40,000.

Staircase Renovation Cost Factors

Renovating stairs averages $1,000 to $2,000. A full remodel costs at least $4,000 to $8,000. Below are some stair remodel ideas:

Renovation OptionPrice
Carpet Runner$500 - $2,000
Treads & Risers$1,800 - $2,500
Balusters$1,200 - $1,600
Railing$340 - $580
Newel Post$35 - $550
Banister$300 - $450 for a 10 ft. section
Cable Railing System$500 - $700 for a 10 ft. section
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Staircase Prices by Material

Hardwood Stairs

Most interior stairs are hardwood and are $100 to $200 per step, including labor and materials. Any kind of wood will work, but red oak is the most popular for its durability, price and appearance.

Concrete Steps

Concrete steps are $300 each when you buy a complete staircase. A common choice for exterior stairs, concrete is durable and withstands weather exposure. Search for precast concrete steps vendors to get an exact quote, including delivery and installation.

Wrought Iron Staircase Cost

A wrought iron railing averages$2,600. For interior stairs, wrought iron serves as the balusters, the vertical poles, columns, or other decorations between the steps and the railing.

Metal exterior staircases (usually made from steel) and range from $2,000 to $3,000.

Glass Staircase Cost

Installing a glass staircase ranges from $3,300 and $6,880. You can also update your staircase with a new railing instead of replacing everything. Installing just a glass railing costs between $1,500 and $8,500.

Metal or Steel Staircase

Metal steps are durable, often used for spiraling staircases, and cost $200 a step. With demolishing old stairs and hiring a contractor, you’ll pay at least $1,000 to $2,000 in additional costs.

Stainless steel staircases run from $4,060 to $5,390, including labor costs.

Stone Steps

On average, stone step installation costs $2,200 but can go as high as $12,000, depending on the material you choose. Marble staircases cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 or more.

Brick Steps Cost

Less expensive than most other stair materials, installing brick steps costs between $2,390 and $3,040. Brick is commonly used for outdoor steps. If you have only a few steps leading to your front door, your project might be priced between $20 and $26 per square foot.

Cost of New Staircase by Style


Straight stairs are usually less complicated to install and average at least $1,900. They’re not often found in modern homes for safety reasons. A fall from the upper stairs means a fall all the way to the bottom.

Floating Staircase Cost

Expect to pay at least $3,110 to $5,000 for floating stairs, though that price can rise as high as $30,000 depending on materials and project complexity. Floating stairs anchor strongly at the wall but seem to have no visible support underneath. Some people install these without handrails for a minimalist look, but this makes the stairs very dangerous.

Open Staircase Cost

Open stairs are like floating stairs and will likely cost between $3,110 and $5,000. The riser is the vertical part of the step; the tread is the horizontal part where you put your feet. Open risers have no riser which gives a staircase a modern, airy look. The riser is the vertical part of a step. (The horizontal part is called the tread). Open risers have no riser. They are open between the treads and provide an airy look.

Spiral Staircase

Usually made of metal, an iron spiral staircase ranges from $3,110 to $4,230. Spiral staircases are ideal for narrow or confined spaces. Keep in mind that a competent spiral staircase installer will most likely cost as much as the staircase, but you may find the unique result is worth the investment.

Other Common Styles

  • Helical staircases cost between $3,110 and $4,320. They are spiral staircases but without a central pole.

  • L-shaped stairs add an extra layer of safety and range from $920 to $4,000.

  • U-shaped stairs also average $920 to $4,000. They make a 180-degree turn instead of the L-shape’s 90-degree turn.

  • Winder stairs have steps that curve around corners. They don’t have a landing like L- or U-shaped designs and cost more as a result. Keep in mind that they may present issues to those with mobility challenges or visual impairments.

  • Arched or curved stairs curve gracefully and start around $8,000. These stairs require a lot of space and are generally only found in larger homes.

Prices of Stair Railings & Handrails

A 25-ft handrail costs between $700 and $1,090; a 50-ft handrail costs $3,000 to $12,000.

  • Aluminum railings: $3,500-$6,000

  • Wrought Iron: $700-$4,600

  • Cable Wire costs: $2,000-$3,250

  • Steel Pipe Rail: $1,200-$2,700

  • Wood Stair Railing: $750-$1,250

  • Composite or Vinyl: $2,000-$3,500

  • Glass: $1,500-$8,500

DIY vs. Hiring a Professional to Rebuild a Staircase

Rebuilding a staircase isn’t just about adding a new aesthetic to your home. The number one priority should be safety, which is why you need a professional to ensure maximum care and precaution.

Calculating the width and rise of your stairs, obtaining building permits, ordering materials and fitting them to your home are just some examples of expertise you’ll need. Hiring a contractor might seem expensive, but it’s absolutely worth it for a job well done.


Who does a staircase remodel?

A general contractor or subcontractor can handle the remodel.

How can I redo my stairs cheaply?

We don’t recommend doing this project the “cheap” way. Stairs need to hold up against a lot of traffic and weight. Unless you have experience installing secure stairs, hire a staircase and railing professional. There are stair kits available that you can install yourself with the proper experience and tools.

How much is a staircasing system?

Staircasing systems cost $10 per step. A staircasing system allows you to cover carpet stairs with hardwood.

How much does it cost to move basement stairs?

You might need an architect to determine the new basement staircase location, which will cost at least $150 per hour. If the project isn’t as intense, a contractor costs $45 to $85 per hour. Taking anywhere from 8 to 12 hours or more, your final bill could range from $360 to $1,800.

How much does it cost to add carpet to my staircase?

Carpet installation costs $760 to $2,524. Depending on the square footage of your stairs, you might pay on the lower end of the spectrum (versus carpeting multiple rooms). Use our carpet calculator to get an estimate!

How much is it to remodel stairs from carpet to wood?

Hiring a handyman costs $60 to $65 an hour. You’ll likely pay anywhere from $75 to $300 for them to remove carpet.

For both labor and materials, adding hardwood costs anywhere from $100 to $200 per step. Your final price depends on the type of hardwood, number of steps, and the amount of time the project takes.

What about staircases with windows?

If there is a window along your staircase, some municipalities will require that any windows close to those staircases be installed with tempered glass or tempered glass window film treatment. Expect that to increase the window cost by 50%.

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