If you read our post about our stairs a little ways back you saw the contractor we hired bailed at the last minute. He seemed like a nice guy, but he pretty much screwed us. We were a few days from moving in and getting our CO (Certificate of Occupancy) and all of a sudden he said he couldn’t meet the deadline he’d promised. And we couldn’t move in without our stairs. So after scrambling to find an alternative, we found a guy that would to build the steal part of our stairs but not the wood treads for us. We clearly needed steel and wood to make the stairs work. The I remembered a while back I’d found out about a lumber mill in Kremling Colorado (70 miles in the mountains from us) that would make dimensional lumber at a very reasonable price. So I called them up and ordered 50 feet + (15.25 m) of 4″ x 12″ (10cm x 30cm) of douglas fir. It came rough cut so I had to plane and sand it all and Amy put a coat of polyurethane on it. In the end it took about 3 full days the get them ready and installed, but I think it was worth it. You be the judge.