It’s about time we share the details of our big stairs project. It’s been consuming our lives since we moved here back in May because there are so many steps to the project. Pun totally intended.
Here are the original stairs…so steep, so narrow, yo.
The design aspect itself was quite the process. Luckily Evan is an engineer, which has allowed us to take full control of the entire project. Truly, we wouldn’t have been able to do it ourselves without his engineering skills, knowledge, software, etc. It’s something we completely acknowledge and realize how fortunate we are in relation to home renovations.
Today I wanted to focus on the demolition part of this project. When we started busting out the wood paneling, I started yelling DEMO DAY! Any Fixer Upper fans out there? 🙂 Please understand that we really liked and appreciated the wood paneling built-in shelves and cabinets. However, safe stairs are truly our #1 priority for the long-run, so they had to go. Also, from what we could tell, it didn’t seem to be original to the house — it was likely added on at some point. That made us feel a little bit better about it too!
Here is what the living room looked like when we first moved in…
The paneling came out quite easily; it was just a very loud process with all the pounding. We were able to get it all out in one evening after work. It’s amazing how open and big the living room feels without the wood paneling! We’re trying to see if we can repurpose any of the paneling and wood from the steps…it’d be cool if we could do something with it!
Next step in the process: cutting a hole through the brick wall. (Spoiler alert: it was messy.)