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Even though we only had one carpenter on the job today, we got a third of our new stairway built. As a reminder, this is what our living room and the original stairs looked like when we first saw the house:

Living Room

Living Room

Say What?

Say What?

We’re rebuilding the stairway to bring it up to code so it will be less steep and have wider treads. The original stairs felt child-sized, which was sort of charming in its own way, but not great for actually carrying a child up and down on. Here is today’s progress: the old stairway is gone, and one new stringer is in place and ready to go.

Riser

Stringer in place.

Because the new stairway will be less pitched, it will be longer, and because of that, we had to take out the door (our home’s second front door) that was located about two feet away from the bottom of the old stairwell. It goes against code to have the last step of a stairwell abutting a door (which makes sense, if you think about it). Right now there’s a hole where the door used to be, covered with plywood. We’ll be installing a standard-sized ¬†window there soon. I wanted to install a round window about two feet in diameter near the bottom of the stairs, “caddy-corner” to where the door used to be, to let in light from the north side of the house and perhaps even give us a glimpse of the bay down at the bottom of our street. (I thought a round window would look neat, kind of like a porthole.) Unfortunately, a round window apparently costs about $2500, so that’s not happening. We’re looking into installing a square one, but we might just have to wait until the next round of remodeling.

Stair landing

Stair landing

The stair landing, and all the treads, will be pine.

Landing close-up

Landing close-up

Chuck (the new carpenter) wrote his cutting instructions right on the plywood covering the hole in the side of our house where the door used to be.

Cutting notes

Cutting notes

Meanwhile, on sawhorses set up in the kitchen, the second stringer is all cut out and ready to rise–tomorrow, if all goes well.

Later riser

Stringer #2

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