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Question DetailsAsked on 11/4/2016

What the going price for installing oak rail with balusters post and goose necks new construction north GA

What's the price of installing oak post,handrail with goosenecks and balusters on new construction north GA

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You don't say if you mean just a handrail or a full set of newell posts, balusters / spindles, railing, etc - since you said a gooseneck sounds like the latter though I have seen them as terminations on simple handrails - but you have to watch the heights to stay within the code limitations above the noses of the treads.

For just a wall-mounted railing - no balusters/spindles or posts (or maybe one termination post) commonly around $30-50/LF for a straight one - can be into the $50-100/LF range commonly for catalog factory curved using laminated material for the curved pieces, or up into the couple hundred $/LF to as much as $300/LF for steam-bent solid wood curves or spirals or three-dimensional curves, both curved railing and bottom stringer beam (so balusters/spindles do not tie into the treads, but terminate at a bottom stringer parallel to the railing and about 1-2 inches above the tread noses), or custom site-built laminated in a curve railings.

Full railing with balusters, newel posts, returns and spiraled or decorative top and bottom newel post caps - commonly around at least $50-125/LF for straight runs, $100-150 commonly for catalog factory bent/curved components assembled on site, from $150/LF on up to $500/LF for custom 3 dimensional bending or spiral bends - and with exotic woods and varying geometry like your goosenecks (if custom built) can run $500-over $1000/LF. I have seen several fancy sweeping spiral staircases in exotic woods go well over $5000/LF - or about $100,000 just for the railing assemblies (installed) NOT including the staircase itself.

You really need to refine your wish list, look at catalogs of factory components and decide if that will satisfy you (saving typically 50-80% off custom fabrication) - and if you stay with the commonly available white oak, red oak, ash, mahogany your cost will be a lot less than with the more exotic woods like black walnut, cherry, teak, english or black oak, etc. Also - of course curved (especially if not a simple uniform circular curve) components add a lot of cost too - both in the fabrication and in the contractor's labor costs and contingency for mistakes or needed field adjustments.

Fancy details at the foot of the supporting members can cause significant cost differences too - especially if they are mounted to the stair treads rather than into the stair framing risers.

Then find several (probably at least 5-7 if curved or custom components) specialty stair contractors or Carpenters - Woodworking with experience with your class of stair - though in your case actually the general contractor would be doing that research (commonly in conjunction with the architect) and subcontracting it out probably. So, in retrospect, I get the feeling you are likely asking to double-check a number from the builder that surprised you - commonly $500-1500 for simple wall-mount straight railing for a single-floor stair, more in the couple to several thousand $ for full story height staircase full railing assemblies for straight runs, and double or more for curved or custom ones.

Oh - BTW - this is per side, if both sides are wallless.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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