Our seven and a half month old son has in the last six days begun to crawl. We have a staircase going down to our basement that desperately needs a baby gate now that the little guy is mobile.
I don't want to just pick up a Walmart el-cheapo model. I'd like a nice, sturdy, custom gate that is hinged and has a proper latch. Our finishing is natural maple so of course that's the way I want to go. The staircase is drywalled so the mounting, etc. would have to attach to the studs.
My questions are (a) what is the best way to locate someone to do this (we built here in Winterpeg 18 months ago and I'm not sure our finishing carpenter would still be available on short notice), (b) what the best method for doing this is (I have an idea of my own but know nothing about woodworking so won't embarass myself by sharing it), and (c) what you think the cost might be, not that it's a big deal but just for comparison purposes.
Thanks for any suggestions anyone can provide.