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triptakers 05-31-2008 05:05 AM

opening up a stairway in basement?
 
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Hi! We've begun finishing our basement, and are looking for ideas (and photos, since I have a bad imagination) if you have any for the stairwell. We're thinking of doing storage under the landing & lower set of stairs, but under the higher set of stairs, taking out the framing to open up the area a bit. If you look at my photo, that'd be taking out maybe the first 3 on the far right (not load bearing), and maybe a bit of the framing & drywall in the middle.

Has anyone done anything like this? How'd it look?

Thanks for any info (and photos\"\" ) you can share!


triptakers 06-01-2008 05:12 PM

phase 1 - demolition. The FUN part!
 
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Well, here's what we did yesterday (I use the term "we" incredibly loosely here,since I did....well...nothing \"\" ).
We'll keep the storage under the landing, but now it's soooo much more open, I'm getting excited thinking about what we'll end up doing with that space - and picking out a railing that'll keep it all nice & open!


JulieC 06-01-2008 10:20 PM

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Oooh ... great possibilities. I did a real quick drawing with guesstimated measurements. Personally, I'd wrap the bottom step around slightly (see second pic) and put something beautiful there. Everyone is into something different, perhaps one of those small wine tables, a short bookshelf, a sentimental piece of furniture, a comfy chair.

ETA: Need some light there too. I see that socket hanging around in the vicinity, should be able to do something fairly easily.


JulieC 06-01-2008 10:20 PM

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Oooh ... great possibilities. I did a real quick drawing with guesstimated measurements. Personally, I'd wrap the bottom step around slightly (see second pic) and put something beautiful there. Everyone is into something different, perhaps one of those small wine tables, a short bookshelf, a sentimental piece of furniture, a comfy chair.

ETA: Need some light there too. I see that socket hanging around in the vicinity, should be able to do something fairly easily.


JulieC 06-02-2008 11:35 AM

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Here's an improvement ... thanks for letting me have some fun too Yes, the program is quite addicting. I really needed to think about somebody else's house a bit.

ETA: The lovely model is 5'6", added for scale reference. I assumed an 8' ceiling and sized the stairs accordingly.


JulieC 06-03-2008 11:52 AM

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Ok, this was hard to draw ... replace the chair with a bean-bag, have the slide end into it.


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