1063 sq ft reno: Stairs, a key design element

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 in work in progress

After tearing apart the client’s 1920s dingy dark apartment, removing all but the supporting walls, ripping up the flooring and pulling out the plumbing we begin the process of relocating the basement stairwell.

The client wanted the basement (where there will be an office) to feel included in the main living area. To create a flow between the two floors, we moved the stairwell into the centre of the building, changed the descent from a narrow single run to a large square with two opposing runs and a generous landing. As the project progresses, the stairs will become a focal point for the apartment and a significant design feature.

Before cutting the hole for the new stairwell.

Before cutting the hole for the new stairwell.

The subfloor is removed and we begin cutting away the joists.

The subfloor is removed and we begin cutting away the joists.

Framing the new stairwell opening.

Framing the new stairwell opening.

The new stairwell opening is framed and the entire apartment floor is skinned in plywood in preparation for polished concrete with radiant heat.

The new stairwell opening is framed and the entire apartment floor is skinned in plywood in preparation for polished concrete with radiant heat.

Final opening

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