Stair Nose or Stair Tread?

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Zach

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Hi Everyone,

I am looking for some advice on the best way to approach the toughest part of my hardwood installation/patching process. I have white oak floors that end in the living room and then there is a 1 stair reduction/doorway into the next room. The wood goes perpendicular to the doorway. There was never hardwood in this area, only a makeshift pine stair tread that was underneath carpeting.

My question is: How can I make this transition look proper? As you can see from the pics, the hardwood ends about 6 inches before the wall in the adjoining room (right at the door jamb). I know it is technically a "top step" and generally the hardwood would butt perpendicular to the stair nose, but it would be a lot of extra work. I am now considering using a stair tread to fill the extra space and avoid lacing 48'' in width to add an extra ~4" of length.

Would this look terrible? Is there a best practice for this sort of thing? I am concerned about how it would look with a 8" stair tread with grain running perpendicular to the floor, as opposed to just a couple of inches of a stair nose at the edge. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Of course I am open to any suggestions that I haven't already considered as well. Thanks!

I am also adding an image of how the pine "threshold" used to look before removing
 

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Ernesto

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On my phone it looks like the existing was a stair tread. Just replace it matching the wood on top BTW fire the painter.
 

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Keep it simple like Ernesto said. Most important thing would be selecting the best looking piece of wood for the project........... and I mean grain.
Or maybe this? Maybe add a ever so slight contrast in color for the first perpendicular board or for the nose/tread piece? Maybe you have some old wood torn out to spare that already matches the original floor............ and use that.
Maybe inset diamond inlays of another wood into the step. You have a chisel, right? :D
Colored glass with LEDs? I'll stop now. :D
 

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It is 4 feet wide, so the width of the tread ought to look fine proportionally.
 
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