East Side Project

I love a good challenge! Designing new spaces within this 100 year old house for Red House Custom Building, who did this major renovation of two stairwells and more, gave me just that.

The Challenge: Convert a small unused back staircase into something amazing! The result completely transformed three floors and the function of the staircase.

The design started by removing the stairwell completely, and closing off the wall at each level’s landing, which created a Mud Room on the first floor with a dramatic cathedral like ceiling.  This allowed for two new closets to be formed where the second and third floor landings were previously.


But we weren’t finished there! The third floor was completely remodeled by opening up the main living areas, starting with a closed off landing at the main stairwell. The bathroom was also redone to be more functional.  And as an added bonus, while crawling through the attic, I discovered an old window that had been boarded up. We were able to open up the third floor ceiling, install a new skylight, and create a bright new window well!


Other modifications to the home included adding custom paneling to the Main Staircase for a more dramatic entrance. We replicated the existing detail that was previously only on the lower portion of the staircase, and added it above. On the second floor I redistributed the space of two adjacent bathrooms that did not function properly and made them into one larger Jack-N-Jill bathroom.