We decided to leave the main piece of glass and the wood slats off until we get our heavy bedroom furniture moved up the stairs. The last thing I want to do is to break a newly finished slat and have to go back to the wood shop and finisher. That will really set us back time wise. So instead we will just need to be a little careful with the kids for a day or two until the final touches are placed. I think it’s a good compromise.
In the meantime, here are the pictures of the hardwood on the stairs. We decided to pick out the walnut in our multicoloured wood for the nosings and I think it looks great!
After the wood was placed, the upper loft area and upper landing got it’s glass wall.
This lets in so much more light and brightens this area as well as the dining room downstairs. I can’t wait to see it with the final aluminum touches and the glass in the middle.
Upper Loft area
Then the last step will be to put the ash wood slats on the bottom of the stairs. Not too much longer now. 😉
Well the stairwell is progressing very nicely. I can’t believe the difference in light that comes across now that the wall is removed. Take a look for yourself. I can’t wait to see the hardwood on it next week!
Stairs framed out, old glass in place
Upper landing before
Balcony glass in place, overall view of stair and balcony
Balcony glass before
Stairs with drywall complete and old glass removed
Ceiling complete, landing after
Light fixtures installed
Balcony from below
Balcony from above
This was definitely a domino effect of the reno. We never intentionally thought about changing the staircase. We liked the open aspect of the glass on the bottom, though it wasn’t necessarily our style of glass/wood combo. I did think the solid wall in the middle was a bit funny, especially with the wall at the top. I kept thinking it could be a great place for a person to hide which sort of stressed me out. And do I really want to be afraid of my staircase when I am coming home at 4am from the hospital? I said no. Plus, Billy and Amber came up with very different ideas for the staircase, on their own, without us ever asking to change the staircase as well. That made me believe we needed to change it. All four of us thought about it. It needed to be fixed.
Billy wanted to change it to this type of glass:
Close up view
Amber wanted to change it to add this wood framing:
I wanted both of course. We came to a compromise. We would tie in the wood in the living room fireplace and ceiling to the first portion of the stairwell and we would have glass for the middle portion and the top of the stairwell. This lets in so much more light and no more crazy places for shadows to hide in the middle of the night. We hit a few small snags in the process. Like the sprinkler goes right though that wall but, everything is movable 🙂
Here is the progression so far:
Leading up the stairs
Getting ready for new floors
Stairwell – opened up to show sprinkler plumbing
Middle wall opened on both sides – just need to move the plumbing
View from middle landing
View from top landing
Light from playroom now gets into stairwell and no hiding space
The sprinkler plumbing has been moved to open up the staircase wall
So much brighter on the landing
Billy also has the ceiling in the stairwell framed for our new “chandelier” here. So exciting to get rid of the wall sconces for more modern lighting.
Stairwell landing ready for new ceiling lighting fixture
Do you remember the sconces? I’m not sad to see them go.