IN THE CLOSET
This small project posed a very clear problem: a potentially useful loft space existed atop a precarious ladder. Besides being awkward, the ladder was an imposing fixture in the living room.
A stair would bring an ease of accessibility to the loft, but posed another problem: space.
After sketching through many different types of stairs, an alternating-tread stair emerged as the logical choice. It was comfortable and took up little space.
After sketching through a few locations, we settled on a coat closet located conveniently below the loft. The closet was narrow and deep which made it awkward for storage and perfect for the new stair.
To compensate for the lost closet, the stair was designed as cabinetry and configured to hold a range of items from books, to shoes, to LPs, to knickknacks.
General Contractor: Alan Hyland