Well – it’s time to finish up the preliminary stair project. Preliminary? Why sure – you don’t think I’d finish the stairs when I have so much more to do. Remember, this has gone from a simple cosmetic upgrade to a full home reconstruction. We’ll get the stair functional and move on to the next area – we’ll start finishes as soon as I get all the structure and mechanicals updated. This will include all new wiring – plumbing and HVAC systems. Oh, and my dear wife Francia – who has never asked for a single thing has one request. A basement woman-cave with steam shower and whirlpool tub.
Man, I get tired just thinking about all this stuff…sigh.
One of the problems with the new stairs is the lower angle clipped the closet door, making it impossible to use. The solution is to remove the door and shift the frame over to gain some clearance. Here’s the after.
The office wall is being reframed.
Since I have the space, I’m extending the closet all the way under the staircase.
This will give me about 10 feet of floor space.
On the kitchen wall side the area where the chimney was is reinforced with a header.
The bottom of the stairs has the first floor bathroom. So to keep the design coherent, we’ll do the same at the top.
We’ll inset the door with the same obscure glass we used for the bath.
This is the new configuration of the walk in closet – looking from inside out. (Don’t worry – it will change again before it’s done)
The kitchen wall will be the placement for the main appliances in a modified galley layout.
The office side after the closet door was moved.
Now focusing on the closet for a while we’ll tackle whats behind the doors that access the front eaves of the house.
Behind door # 1 Yikes!
Stay tuned we’ll make something of this place yet.