Staging Dilemma

Home Stager with Park Ave Homestaging and Redesign

pipe in stairs


The dilemma -A nice finished basement with an eye soar

and a potenial tripping hazard. The pipe has to stay. There


is no budget to relocate it. It is hard to believe that this

passed code.


I would like to box it in. However, with the pipe sloping down,

the box will have to be a very large to keep it level. That

might be a bigger eye soar and will make 3 or 4 steps narrow

instead of just one step where the pipe protrudes.


What's a girl to do? Suggestions appreciated.





Comments (14)

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Box it with a larger box where it enters on the top on one end, exits on the bottom on the other..make shelves for pictures, knick knacks.

May 11, 2010 01:39 AM
Marian Lake Walker
Staged 2Gain - Inverness, FL
Home Stager Florida, Home Staging Central Florida

A dilemma indeed!

Could they create a landing at the point where the pipe comes out, then take a 45 degree right (looking down from top) turn?

You're going to show us the finished product I hope... all the best!

May 11, 2010 02:34 AM
Ines Serra
Sensible Green Staging - Frederick, MD

I agree with Marian but I wil go 90 degrees, you will have that tube coming from the side.  Then depending on the angle of the tube, maybe some cabinet or shelves on the top with some great art pieces.

Please share your end product...

May 11, 2010 03:09 AM
Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

This is a dilemma... but it also is in the garage. I don't think I would try to do anything about it especially if you think it is a tripping hazard. I would let a contractor or the homeowners deal with it. Stick with your staging of the house... it is safer ;)

May 11, 2010 03:29 AM
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

This is a real issue and could be a safety problem.  I would suggest that the homeowners contact a contractor to either put in a landing on the staircase where the pipe is or to reconfigure the staircase to curve out.  A simple shelf around the pipe could be staged very nicely.

Good luck and let us know what happens.

May 11, 2010 03:48 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

I was thinking along the same lines as Lori Kim.  Firstly, I can't believe this is to code - there's no way.  I would stage the room so fabulously, that potential buyers will focus on the room and not the pipe.  It's unfortunate the home owners can't afford to relocate the pipe.

May 11, 2010 03:57 AM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

No handrail and this pipe....I would ask a home inspector before I would do anything.

May 11, 2010 05:25 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

I wouldn't try boxing anything in ... get a contractor, or as Ginger suggested, a home inspector before attempting anything with this eyesore.  I can't understand anyone putting it there in the first place!

May 11, 2010 05:35 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- unless you're also a contractor, home inspector or architect, I would leave it to the homeowner and those who know.  How it passed the first time is a mystery! Please follow up with the "end" of the story.

May 11, 2010 06:34 AM
Sharon McConnell

Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions. I did speak with my contractor and, unfortunately the pipe cannot be relocated due to the exit height of the sewer pipe and the common wall of this twin home. The contractor would like an inspector to come in first before he would box it in.

Also, there is not enough headroom to make a landing and angle the stairs, although that would really look nice if it was possible. The home owners are selling this themselves, and have not committed to my staging services as yet. If they decide to proceed with the staging, I will definitly share the results. 

With appreciation,


May 11, 2010 01:42 PM
Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
CT Home Stager Fairfield & New Haven County

As others already said, I would just leave this alone and focus on the rest of the house. 

May 11, 2010 03:36 PM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

I too would just leave it alone and concentrate on staging the house. Sometimes it just is what it is!

May 11, 2010 05:10 PM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

I think handrails are the most important plus they will cover half of the pipe. than I would put some really good artwork above to draw eye out of the pipe. good luck.

May 14, 2010 02:48 AM
Sharon McConnell

Birgit and Margaret,

Your comments have reminded me to keep the solution simple. Adding a handrail will help with the safety issue. Since the pipe has to stay, I will suggest at least painting it the same color as the wall. With the addition of some art, the pipe will not be as prominate.

Thank you,


May 14, 2010 04:19 AM