When the homeowner approached us about this project, her main concern was to "fix" the stairs. The house had been moved from its original site and it's unclear if the stairs were original to the house, or a quick fix to get it to fit in its new place. Either way, both sets of stairs were treacherous and had to be addressed. We ended up stacking the stairs on top of each other. We added a dramatic open balustrade to the main living area that leads to the sleeping quarters upstairs and a hidden set of stairs next to the kitchen pantry that lead to the basement/ carport.
Stair remodels can be time consuming, super inconvenient and expensive. The homeowner was out of the country for the brunt of it, but it took quite a chunk of change from the kitchen remodel budget. For this reason, custom cabinetry was out of the question, but what we resourced from Ikea, the back yard and our creative wood working team offered a custom solution for half the price.
The waterfall live edge cedar slab counter top and floating shelves were made from a tree that had been felled from the homeowners own back yard. It had been curing in the basement for some time when we decided to have it play a central role in the remodel. The gray cabinets that house the garbage, recycling, wine cubbies and media are Ikea wrapped in the finished cedar slab with an added heat register toe kick. In honoring the cedar, we sanded and stained the floating shelves surface, and celebrated the organic edge by leaving it alone.
We "built-in" the pantry and refrigerator in the stair well wall and added a chalkboard for fun. The custom bench seats stained to match the wood of the cabinets house a hidden lift top storage space for seasonal dishes and small appliances.
In a collaborative effort with the homeowner we feel that we created a smart, high functioning, serene and beautiful space that reflects her own charm and personality.