When we added new flooring in our 1960’s home remodel, it made the top basement stair taller than the others. See how we easily and quickly raised the stair treads to fix the uneven steps and correct the rise of the staircase.

Fixing Uneven Stair Steps by Raising Stair Treads

Our top stair was about 2 inches taller, and the bottom stair was about 2 inches shorter, so we needed to update the rise of the stairs to make nice even steps.

Raising the steps also meant that we needed to remove the handrail, since it was now 2″ too low. I removed that and patched all the holes.

Prep for the Stair Remodel

How to Easily Raise Stair Treads Without Removing the Old Tread

Rather than demoing the old staircase or removing the original treads, I just built new treads right on top.

A few sheets of OSB (plus what I already had on hand) cost $75-100, and each stair tread was around $10. So our 13 stairs cost around $130 for treads. Grand total around $250 in materials.

What did it cost?

What’s Next in our Basement Remodel

We’re going to sand and paint to finish all the walls and finish the lighting before we get the carpet installed.

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