FUNCTIONAL AND WELCOMING
Visitors to this 1850s transitional Victorian entered into a cramped foyer, their eyes drawn to a steep staircase leading up to a dark, second-floor landing. The home’s living area was down a narrow hall while the adjacent front room served no purpose but to hold the homeowners numerous books and random possessions. It was time to rethink this home’s welcoming spaces!
We rebuilt the staircase, creating a more comfortable incline and wider treads. Original period detailing is retained with matching ballustrades and handrail, and a larger newel post, an exact design replica of the original. Enlarging the staircase required the removal of a window from the living area; it was preserved and moved to the foyer, adding much needed natural light to the entryway.
The front room, which had become a de facto closet, is now a stylish library/office, with original wide pine flooring and abundant custom-made cherry shelving for books, photos, and mementos. Redesigning the room also allowed us to create a much needed half-bath off the main hallway.
The end result is a useful, well designed, and welcoming space.
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