Open staircase or wall?
I'd love your thoughts on the pros/cons of an open staircase and if its a good idea to have one in my plan. My builder suggested it because I want wood beams in our vaulted ceiling, and the open stairs would give symmetry between the dining area and living area, since we have a dormer we have to 'beam around'.
The nice part of the open stairs would be that 'open feel' plus we may have a wood stove in the basement some day, so open stairs will help bring up the heat. On the con side, having the full wall would make the room a more defined space, and allow better furniture arranging (I think). Plus, there would need to be a door at the bottom of the stairs in the basement, for noise control, instead of at the top.
P.S.- the stairs would only be open (with rails) on the great room side- there would be a wall on the foyer side..
Attached is a link to a pic of a typical open staircase, that I found on Pintrist. I think this is how it would look..
Here is a link that might be useful: Example of an Open Staircase to basement
This post was edited by nepool on Wed, Mar 5, 14 at 22:59