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Cost of new banister and spindles

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by punky_munky, 17 Dec 2020.

  1. punky_munky

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    We've been quoted over £2.5k+VAT to supply and install a pine banister and spindles to replace our horrible old panelled thing on our staircase. Does that sound reasonable to anyone? It feels steep to me, even with a building company's markup over an indepdent builder.
     
  2. Zefan

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    Hmmm I don't know, unusually steep stairs probably will end up costing more as it'll be a non-standard, custom design.

    I'm apologise, I'm aware this isn't GD but I couldn't help myself with that one. I have no idea, but my gut agrees, it does seem "steep" :p
     
  3. punky_munky

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    I let myself in for that one
     
  4. _tucker_

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    How big is the banister I can’t really say without knowing the size, for a normal size house that sounds very expensive
     
  5. punky_munky

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    It's just a regular old Victorian 3 bed terrace with a very normal length banister (I'm too lazy to get off my bum and measure it).
     
  6. _tucker_

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    Sounds quite expensive then if that’s the case I’d deffo get a few other quotes. I’m a self employed carpenter I’d always recommend getting a self employed person over a company, the amount they put on top is shocking!! If your worried about self employed person just hold back a cut of the money until the job is finished so your happy, I only ever take money at the end of the working week or at the end of the job once the customer is happy. Some materials are expensive but if they are regular pine spindles then it sounds a little high, if they are twisted design or stuff like that then materials can triple in price
     
  7. ShadowMan

    Wise Guy

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    I have scheduled in to replace the bannister, spindles and base rail in our stairs in January myself. Parts cost is around £200. I am also going to box the newel posts and fit new risers in that price too. I have no idea on quality yet as it’s all basic searching but I was surprised at the prices coming back.

    look online and loads of suppliers if the parts you need and can help with getting what you want. I’ve not decided who I am ordering from.

    Bannister should be around £40 for basic pine in 3.6m length including fillet and spindles on the most basic start around £1 each.

    I’ll be posting pics of mine when I do it.

    below is one of the ones I’ve looked at.

    https://stairpartsdirect.co.uk/product-category/warkworth/

    Your main cost will be labour if not doing it yourself so find out a local carpenters day rate and how long it will take then add in markup, profit etc and you will get to a price.
     
    Last edited: 18 Dec 2020
  8. robj20

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    Funny this thread should appear. I have just purchased the parts to replace our balustrade.
    Parts alone have cost £750 for white oak and glass. Easy enough job to do with modern fittings.

    www.jandjstairparts.com
     
  9. tonys

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    I had my bannister and spindles replaced beginning of the yea, the carpenter done pine ones for £580, this is in a 1930's semi with a small landing. It was only going to be £730 for hemlock ones.
     
  10. 200sols

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    That's a ridiculous price.
     
  11. Burned_Alive

    Capodecina

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    We had ours done by a joiner for £800 which was a normal 13 step stair case and the landing rail, plus the rail across the width of the stairs on the landing. Used the existing posts and put new caps on them.
     
  12. robj20

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    I agree especially for pine.

    I should add my price also includes a handrail again white oak.

    It's not even like much/any carpentry is required either what with the likes of Zippbolts.
     
  13. LiE

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    I paid £655 to have mine replaced when I had my loft put in. Would have been more likely if it was the sole job and they weren't already doing the banister/hand rail for the new loft stairs. Not anywhere near £3,000 though!!
     
  14. punky_munky

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    Thanks everyone. Confirms my suspicions they are taking the Mickey. They quoted for a few other things which are about 100% over what I’d reasonably expect.

    They didn’t give a breakdown of time, day rate or materials but they’re either on solicitors rates or they’d be taking their sweet time on the job.
     
  15. apg

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    Mate, 2.5K for a new banister and spindles.... Do not pay this unless it is some sort of extravagent staircase you have.
     
  16. ANDARIAL

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    Pic of the bannister would help :)
    Is it 1 straight run or angled etc?
     
  17. JayMax

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    Yea, I've just had 3.5 oak Newels and 4 + 2 metre oak hand & baserails, with 42 odd pine spindles - materials were £800 from a local timber supplier.
    Fitting was by a highly recommended local carpenter - 2x days @ £250 per day
    So £1300 all in
     
  18. punky_munky

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    So bit of an update...

    We had a peak under one of the panels and, lo and behold, we found a pretty nice set of spindles underneath! Missing a few parts, and the caps have been chopped in half, but should be a relatively small job to fix it up... followed by days of stripping and painting :rolleyes:

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Buffman

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    Good news! The initial quote did seem exceptionally high.