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The stairs to the basement in the 1950s ranches are always in the far corner
of the kitchen with that straight dark tunnel down.
This homeowner wanted to finish the basement and be more apart of the
upper house. She also wanted to open up the living area of the upper level
as well. So we relocated the stairs smack in the middle of the upper living
area while opening up the walls between the living/dining area, the kitchen
and a small side den with fireplace.
We finished the basement too, but for some reason I didn't get the
after pictures of that.
BEFORETypical ranch with separate rooms.
DURINGOpened up wall to kitchen and from kitchen to den.
DURINGYou see old basement door and you took a hard left to go down the straight staircase. We took it forward with slightly wider stairs in a L-shape with a landing halfway down. Closed up old basement door to create a wall for a seating area.
AFTERStanding at den looking to living/dining area with new open wall. We just painted her old cabinets and added granite countertops. The staircase side gave us an area for a bar. The whole house was painted with a warmer color palette.
AFTERStanding in living room looking to now open kitchen and den. You see the new stairs to basement.