I like to think he did it to make me feel better. Like the handyman's version of bringing his sick wife some flowers and a box of chocolates.
I now present,
The Stairway Redeux
Our home was built in the late 80's, and considered a "traditional" style. There is loads of woodwork that make it feel warm and welcoming and friendly and cozy. And also, in some places, dated. Here is the stairway before. There is nothing really wrong with these balusters but they don't exactly scream this house has been updated either.
So that noise I heard, was this. My husband tearing those bad boys out.
And now, we have a stairwell that looks like this. Seriously. He is a genius with the tools. Ka-ching. Oh, hello increased home value, come on in.