A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Stairway to…

…the attic (please, I’m not going to use that old cliché!).

I need to catch up on the progress around here. Things have been moving along, although the changes aren’t as noticeable as the first few days.

We lost most of our kitchen the very first day in order to widen the staircase. It has been a little tough without a sink (and dishwasher), but at least that horrible butterfly sink is gone for good. The laundry tub has worked out fine.

Now without further ado, here is the staircase progression.

Kitchen before:

Cabinets down:

Wall gone:

Stairs gone:

In a short amount of time, the stairs were built:

The view from the kitchen:

The plumbing will run through this wall, so the wall will be replaced.

In addition to not being wide enough, the previous steps were also too shallow. Climbing the stairs was very awkward and unnatural. These stairs make such a huge difference.

There was a slight trade-off in that the stairs had to bump into the first floor hallway a little bit:

This will be covered with drywall. It’s not ideal, but it’s something I can live with and is not uncommon to see in a house like this.

I’m just meeting a work deadline, so I’ll catch up on my posts over the next few days.


  1. Lisa on June 5, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Looks great,

    There seems to be a lot going on at your place. Can’t wait to see some after pictures.

    Take Care,

  2. southsideandy on June 5, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    You can hide your gold in that little overhang! 🙂

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