The space that we plan on turning into a playroom was probably originally a den or study. It is off to the side from the main four rooms on the first floor.
The playroom was separated from the other side of the house with a drywall addition. We assume it was added to create an additional rental side of the house. That came down pretty easily after a swift kick from Amy. Opening up that space returned the house to it’s original floor plan and gave a great feel for the width of the house.
The only staircase in the house was extremely steep, narrow, and emerged to the 2nd floor at one end of the house. It we kept that staircase it would have meant that all traffic to the 2nd floor would have to pass through the master bedroom.
This would have essentially made it impossible to have 3 bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. After much debate, design, and alterations, we were able to find a way to squeeze in a logical place for a new stair case located in a different part of the house. Unfortunately this meant removing two closets from the first floor.
We hated to demolish these closets because of the practicality and the aesthetics, but it was a sacrifice we had to make if we wanted the 2nd floor to be practical.
We hired a friend of ours to construct the stairs. You can see from the picture below that the first flight of stairs is in the old closet space and the 2nd flight cuts into the playroom a few feet.
The new stairs are centrally located and connect all the rooms in the house in a logical way.
We want to take advantage of every square foot of the house. This small area under the stairs will become a secret hiding place or reading nook for the kids. We framed it to allow the re-use the upper cabinet doors as an entry for this space.
A huge transformation took place when the drywall was added…
Before the drywall was taped and mudded, we scraped off the old wallpaper.
The taping and mudding of the drywall took almost two weeks, but the guy did a great job. He did a lot of repair work on the areas where the drywall and plaster come together and really cleaned up everything.
Next up – making decisions about the woodwork for the stairs…