First thing I have to say is thank goodness you can't smell these stairs through the computer. When we first looked at the property climbing these stairs were almost my breaking point. The carpet was spongy and stained and there was one door at the bottom and the one at the top both with padlocks. I had a small pocket flashlight a could barely see anything but in cases like this it was better that way. All my experience with real estate said "Keep going, huge potential" but everything I've learned from watching Oprah about a women's intuition told me to RUN. The stairs are centrally located right off the kitchen on the right is a small hallway that leads to what they used as a bedroom what was intended to be a living room and the left was what they used as the living room where they had another door leading out to the side of the house. Because the house is entirely electric with no gas hook-up we knew we would eventually be installing a wood stove somewhere in the house for heat back up. I grew up with wood-stoves in Canada and after living in Maine for a couple years my husband fell in love with having them. That being said the closed-in staircase was not ideal because it wouldn't allow for the heat to travel to the second floor.
We removed the carpet, doors and began opening the rest of it up. The post at the bottom was weight-bearing so we had a couple of options we could wrap it with sheetrock and paint, we could wrap it with wood or we could replace it with a post. We ended up replacing it with a 6 X 6 old-growth straight grain fir post my father in law had it leftover from a previous job when I went to take a look I knew right away I loved the look of it. When it comes to interior finishes I enjoy using raw/lightly stained wood products whenever I can for interior finish. It gives the room a sense of warmth and inviting feeling, personally, I enjoy the smell as well pine or cedar reminds me of a cabin in the woods. For the treads we used oak treads because it is a hardwood and super durable, they will withstand years of up and down, and easily cleaned. They were stained before installation with a Minwax stain special Walnut #224. In the background, you'll see that we got rid of the side door and framed it in we used the corner area for our wood stove and the heat rises nicely to the second floor. We used wide pine in the hallway between the kitchen and living room. Lately we've been thinking about opening the other side up as well but that's another day and another project!
HI, I'm Meagan -aka Meg, I'm here to share what it's like Living, Working & renovating life on Cape Cod . We're making our house a home one renovation at a time. Home wasn’t built in a day, but the journey is half the fun.