So the kitchen design is one of the most critical elements when we're planning a new project. And this one is especially challenging. Here's why:
|Basement Stairs - Yikes!!!|
This is the staircase to the basement.
A - It's scary.
B - It's unsafe (yes, there are 3 pie shaped steps as you come in through the backyard door. I can see a sprained ankle in my future!).
C - It takes up lots of space inside of the existing kitchen cabinets, because it provides headroom to go down the staircase.
|Basement steps take up lots of space inside the cabinets!|
It also makes the kitchen very narrow, creating a galley like feeling on the window side of the kitchen. Without that staircase, this can be a pretty fabulous kitchen!!!
So, we think we should move it. But there are a couple of challenges.
First - how to get to the backyard? Well, we think we've solved that issue by putting in a french door off of the family room. And that has the added benefit of bringing in lots of light to the family room!
Second - we can move the basement steps underneath the existing staircase to the 2nd floor. There's just one issue. It's in an office/bedroom. Do you think that's weird? That's our conundrum - should we move the stairs to the other side of the house? As you can probably guess, Richard and I have very different opinions on this. So I'd like to hear yours (and of course I'm hoping you agree with me!!!). We keep thinking the new owners probably wouldn't go to the basement very frequently, because the laundry room is on the first floor. But, it is still a little odd to walk through a room to get to the basement.
We can't wait to hear your thoughts. As always, thanks for the input. We're really struggling with this challenge!