Playroom/Staircase

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.

Our first view of the space that we would eventually turn into a playroom
Our first view of the space that we would eventually turn into a playroom
The original closets
The original closets

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.

We removed that temporary wall on the right
The view from the other side of the added wall.

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.

Old staircase
Old staircase

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.

Old closets that had to be removed to make way for the new stairs
Old closets that had to be removed to make way for the new stairs

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.

View of bathroom space, stair case area, and part of the playroom after closets were removed
View of bathroom space, stair case area, and part of the playroom after closets were removed
Looking towards the playroom after the removal of the closets
Looking towards the playroom after the removal of the closets

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.

Framing for new staircase in the playroom
Framing for new staircase in the playroom

The new stairs are centrally located and connect all the rooms in the house in a logical way.

Staircase - looking from the dining room
Staircase – looking from the dining room
Looking down the stairs from the 2nd floor
Looking down the stairs from the 2nd floor

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.

The reading nook
The reading nook
An old picture from before the stairs were built, but this gives you the general idea of the view from the landing of the stairs
An old picture from before the stairs were built, but this gives you the general idea of the view from the landing of the stairs

A huge transformation took place when the drywall was added…

View from the corner of the playroom
View from the corner of the playroom
View from the dining room doorway
View from the dining room doorway
Looking of the stairs from the 1st floor
Looking of the stairs from the 1st floor

Before the drywall was taped and mudded, we scraped off the old wallpaper.

One wall of the playroom with the wallpaper removed
One wall of the playroom with the wallpaper removed

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.

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Next up – making decisions about the woodwork for the stairs…

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