new home inspiration {upstairs, downstairs}…

a nomadic abode

i was determined that the staircase leading to the second storey of our new home would be, in itself, a feature…

as with the rest of our house design i wanted it to represent well-considered, standalone design…

perhaps i’m running from my past of making do in converted old buildings, but in this home i’m desperate to avoid all those odd angled ceilings & awkward spaces you’re so often left with, the culprit of which is more often than not the staircase…

cantilevered stairs

at first i wanted our staircase to lead up from the lounge room at the back of the house with a clean-lined, cantilevered design…

crossed lines staircase

i love the fact that the structure {or lack thereof} is on show…

understair nook

& the workable nooks that can be created in the negative space…

a nomadic abode_staircase option 1

but this idea was nixed for two reasons…

firstly, the footprint of our house is less than 7 metres wide on the ground floor &, as we have to step-in the second storey, less than 6 metres upstairs: chip away from this a minimum of 1 metre in depth for a staircase & unfortunately it doesn’t leave an abundance of living space…

secondly, placing the staircase at the very back of the house would make accessing the second floor a bit of an unnecessary hike from the front door…

so we resolved to place the staircase more centrally, off the hallway {between the kitchen & the ensuite}…

the only problem with this plan being there’s not the space to accommodate my preferred design {a single run staircase} & instead we’re going to have to install a return, winder staircase {&, with it, its limitations}…

screened stairs

on the upside, i have found a few designs i love the look of, like this screened run {it reminds me of a harem}…

crisp & clear

or this glass-encased version which not only mimics the original open-air & cantilevered design i preferred, but also allows light to flood the stairwell & hallway alike…

ben de lisi

even this enclosed staircase, in the home of ben de lisi, could work if we do decide to go down the more traditional route…

regardless, the best part of this new stair placement is the landing it creates upstairs…

landing

it took a few attempts to crack the design for this {most problematic was how to get the stair run to end where & how we wanted}, but when i happened across this image i knew this was the look i was going for…

our staircase will open up onto a landing that runs the width of the house & faces {albeit slightly off-centre} double glass doors leading into the study, which itself overlooks the double-height living area beyond…

i think {& hope} it will create a sense of arrival when you reach the top of the stairs & lend the design as a whole an air of intent…

images via: cr decorationsolothaisthe zhushflash decorkikareicherthousetohomecasa vogue

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4 thoughts on “new home inspiration {upstairs, downstairs}…

  1. I’m neurotic by nature, so the thought of open stairs without so much as a railing on one side terrifies me. Though I do love the look of it. I think your stair solution will end up being perfect once it’s all done. It’s hard to make all these home choices in the abstract. Once it all comes together in the end and you can see it in the flesh it will be magical. xo

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