One totally unnecessary improvement we made before we moved to our new house was to put in new staircases. Craig Crittenden of Third Dimension built the custom cabinetry for our kitchen (he was amazing by-the-way). We mentioned to him that we loved the staircase he put in the last home he worked on with Geoff Tice, and he commented that our staircase would be a great candidate for something similar. He included a bid with the pricing for our cabinets and the price was too good to resist. He's still experimenting with stair-building, and I asked him to try something new so he gave us an amazing price so he could build up his portfolio. There are many other projects around here that we are saving up for, but I'm so glad that we went ahead with this one.
The old stairs were average carpeted stairs