Originally, to save money, we were going to shiplap the fireplace and then a few years from now we would upgrade to stone. I put a poll on Instagram asking people to vote between stone and shiplap and most people voted stone. From there, Brent and I had a chat and decided to do what we actually wanted rather than a temporary solution. Side note, those Instagram polls really help me, I usually have my mind made up but I like hearing everyone’s opinions.
We had the fireplace installed by The Fireplace Center in Ottawa. I won’t really get into it but perhaps the worst experience I’ve ever had as a consumer. The installers were absolute hacks and did a horrible job. They eventually came back to fix it but only after the owner insulted me and asked to speak with a man. Needless to say, don’t order from them.
For reference, our the stone wall is 16′ high, 2.5′ deep and a little over 6′ wide. We had a quote from a mason to install the stone and he would have been $3000 cash. Unfortunately that was out of our budget so poor Brent now has no fingerprints left because the laying the stone wore them off. 😦
I was naive about the cost of stairs, I thought they were like $1000 and even forgot to include it in our original budget. I originally wanted the open style steps that have an iron frame with thick timber steps. Something like that starts at around $15,000. Needless to say I didn’t get what I wanted but we are happy with the result. Also, Brent didn’t want to do this job but I sort of made him. Sorry Brent.
Another oversight I had was that you need to pick out your flooring before you order your stairs. I thought we were going to have oak floors but we ultimately went with Maple. It’s not a huge deal but you can tell the grain difference.
We kept the staircase a natural colour but used finishing wax to seal the raw wood.
Red Oak stairs $4504
Black Iron Balusters $442
Maple Posts and Handrail $1187
*We bought through Home Hardware but they don’t have an online store. We also got a better price than what is listed on Rona.
Colonial Elegance Maple Square Newel Zen – 4” x 44” – Natural, here.