Published at Wednesday, 15 November 2017 by Sheree Chapman in Model Staircase, with total 44 drawings.
The other benefit that will almost always outweigh the cost is the durability of the wooden staircases. These staircases will last as long as the home, usually with limited maintenance. As with most things the quality and durability will usually make the extra cost nominal.
Even the higher end homes began to be made with these carpeted staircases and the need for the craftsmen became less and less. Cost began to win out over craftsmanship, and the savings was passed on to the homeowner.
As machinery began to make it easier and cheaper to produce standard lumber, and carpeting became more common, more and more homes began to be made with carpeted staircases, making the decorative hardwood staircase almost obsolete.