Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

In our previous article within this floor tiling home renovation series, we looked at the completion of the laying floor tile along the hallway floor edge to a sunken living room and along the edge of the front door.

Today I wanted to focus on the situation by the open stairway from the front hall to the basement.

Here is a picture of this area just after the old floor tile was removed at the start of this home renovation or make over project.

 Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

Remember, that from an earlier article in this series we mentioned that there was a ridge in the sub floor along one side of the front hall. This meant that if nothing was done the new floor tile would be sloping downward from the laundry room all the way across the front foyer to the living room.

 Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

Therefore, additional cement mixture was added on top of the already installed metal tile support screen in order to have the new tile, when laid, level. The further away from this sub floor ridge, the more of this extra cement mixture had to be used.

Why is this relevant? Well, this caused the tile to be higher at the foot of the stairway than was the original tile, resulting in the gap between the top of the stair vertical riser and the newly laid floor tile.

Here is a picture of the situation once the new floor tile was laid. Look at all that space between the bottom of the metal tile edge and the top of the carpet on the vertical stair riser.

 Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

A few options were discussed, including inserting a quarter round piece of wood along that gap. Another option was to have used a different type of metal tile edge which would not only go up along the tile edge but also down an inch or two to cover the gap. This latter option is common but is not too aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

However, if we had a small piece of carpet remnant which was used on the stairs then the installation contractors suggested they could fashion different pieces together out of the carpet remnant for a superior finish.

The good news was that we had the carpet on the stairs replaced when we moved into the house three years ago and kept some of the pieces to place on a patch of bare poured concrete flooring in the basement.

The bad news was that we had used the new Bagster Bag waste removal product from Waste Management, as shown in the picture below, to get rid of the debris from our many home renovation projects which had accumulated over the past few years.

 Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

The good news was that I was able to find a small piece of the carpet used on the stairs still in the house.

The bad news was that it was not as wide as the stairway riser.

I had visions that they small carpet remnant would be cut and installed so a seam would show just as is the case with this part of our original installation only 3 years ago of the carpet by this area of the stairway.

 Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

Well, fortunately for us this was not the case. First, the current piece of carpet on the riser was removed. You can see there is a good inch to an inch and a half between the top of the current carpet on the riser and the newly laid floor tile.

 Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

The approach taken was to cut two pieces out of the carpet remnant which were the height needed yet only 1/2 the width of the riser. Then these two pieces were glued, yes glued, together.

After waiting a few minutes the now joined two pieces were put into place on the stairs riser using several finishing carpet staples.

This looks really good. No seam visible where the two pieces are joined and the full now extended height of the stairway vertical riser is nicely finished with carpet up to the new height of the tiled floor.

 Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

And here is a picture of the one corner hard to get at yet visible where the carper was also placed.

 Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

And here is the other side nicely finished taking into account the increased height of the newly laid floor tiles..

 Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

A very nice approach, and something to consider if you find yourself in a similar situation.

Select this link to continue to the next article in this series relating to the sunken living room impact on this floor tiling home renovation project.

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  1. Lynn says:

    Wow, thank you for sharing this post. Your detailed photo and explanation really helped. I’ll share this with my friends.

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