The stairs are DONE

It only took 2 guys and 2 years but we’re happy to announce the main floor stairs are completely done. We wrapped up building the built-in and I put on the finishing touches of trim leaving me with ZERO things to do on this beast.

Well here it is. Behind the photo of the red coral is the electric box for the front portion of the house. The drawers are extra deep and can fit everything from large blankets to small children.

Well here it is. Behind the photo of the red coral is the electric box for the front portion of the house. The drawers are extra deep and can fit everything from large blankets to small children.

In case you forgot where this all started from here’s a refresher…

At some point in 1991, someone said "Hey you know what this room needs? A really shitty entertainment center, a German tank of a fireplace and a blood red backdrop."

At some point in 1991, someone said “Hey you know what this room needs? A really shitty entertainment center, a German tank of a fireplace and a blood red backdrop.”

 

Looking back at the 3D room renders, we almost exactly replicated what I had designed.

 

"Let's make this pops"

We’re still figuring out the fireplace portion

 

To combat any children or old people slipping and breaking their bodies, I finished the steps with a special type of non slip polyurethane from Bona that was surprisingly hard to find. I had to order it out of a shop from Chicago.

 

Kind of a goofy angle looking up, but gives you an idea of the approach walking up. You can see the three lights we installed in the shelving area.

Kind of a goofy angle looking up, but gives you an idea of the approach walking up. You can see the three lights we installed in the shelving area. If you look closely, the bottom of the treads on the first flight of stairs don’t have a finished bottom.

 

The stairs are one of the very first things you see when you come in the front entry way and what was once a very stagnant, awkward staircase is now an open, sun filled spot that really compliments the room and gives you a feeling that this house really has some special things going on inside it.

 

The cat loves this spot

The treads on the second flight of stairs are made of 2 layers of butcher blocks with finished bottoms. It’s really fun to look up at them. It’s also fun to annoy the hell out of the cat when he’s hanging out on em.

 

With all the white maple being used, I came across some beautiful, marbled maple at Siwek’s.  I decided to change things up a bit and used the marble boards to add some color and pattern on the drawer fronts. We also went back and forth on the drawer hardware, deciding to either go with two separate knobs on each drawer or one long pull handle. In the end, because the drawers were so wide (almost 3′ across), we decided on the wide bar because it made it easier to open the drawers.

The shelving unit above the drawers contain all of the entertainment components that route to the TV just to the side of the stairs. I made it a priority to hide all cables and ran a 15′ hdmi cord through the bottom of the unit, behind the trim running along the floor.

 

With all the white maple being used I came across some beautiful, marbled maple at Siwek's to change things up a bit and add some color and pattern to the built ins.

The electric panel is behind that photo. In all honestly, had it not been for all of the electrical being routed to this corner of the house, we would have probably forgone creating a built-in on these stairs. Regardless, it turned out great and we gained some great storage options.

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