Wow, what can we say about the old stairs? . . . nothing good, I assure you. They were extremely narrow, dark, heavy, bulky, steep, and very dangerous. The treads of each stair actually hung over the stair underneath by 3” so you could barely stand on them properly. They were extremely narrow (only 30″ wide) and VERY steep!
They had to be torn out immediately and completely redone. We wanted the stairs to be a focal point and wanted to make them look beautiful especially since they are the first thing you see when you walk into the house. The old stairs were very bulky and heavy. So one of the major things we wanted to do was make them open tread to not only bring in more light to the house but also to make the entryway feel larger.
They were widened and lengthened which meant we had to both come out further into the living area and into the upstairs to accommodate the new rise and run. The wall to the kitchen from the living area was extended to accommodate the new length and the upstairs landing was cut shorter. The ceiling of the first floor had to be cut at a 45 degree angle to allow for more head space as you walked up the stairs. We also had to move the doorway leading into one of the upstairs bedroom which was directly in front of the top of the stairs, to create a safer and larger landing area. We designed the stairway with semi-open risers and, for the handrail system, we used ½” gas lines with custom newel posts. We also removed part of the upstairs hallway to make for a VERY DRAMATIC two story entry and put in a matching railing. All of this combined made for a VERY beautiful and impressive first impression on the home and entryway. It opened it up SO much and made the entire entryway feel MUCH lighter, brighter and open. The stairs was one our favorite improvements of this house. They are definitely much more beautiful, safer, and so much nicer to use. Even more significantly, all of this created a more unrestricted feeling both downstairs and upstairs and opened the top floor up to make for a much more cohesive flow of the house.