Exterior entry stair or enclosed interior entry stair
Your valuable advice will be appreciated. We are every conflicted in designing the entrance in the house we are re-building.
Our house is sitting on the hill facing the bay. Ground floor is garage/crawl space. All living space is on second floor. There is a 10~11 ft elevation from the ground to the front door. We now have an exterior stair (one-turn) which is not ideal of kids or elderly.
Both landscape architect and building architect want to enclose the stair to the interior. They want a ground floor entrance, going into a 12x10 foyer. Then on the right side of the foyer is the 14-step stair (one-turn) going up to the upper level foyer. They think it is a beautiful architecture design.
My wife is very weary about it. She feels this setup is highly unusual and tacky. Also, there will be this big stairwell in our kitchen/great room. It obstructs the view a bit. She worries our kids might climb the railing and fall down to the stairwell. She also thinks it is too contemporary and commercial a design for re-sale value in our neigborhood.
Wife believes in the tradition - entrance path/stair should directly lead to the front door and the main living space without detour. Architects think this is more elegant than an exterior stair. Then again, they don't live in it everyday. All they want is for it to make a design statement.
So, we can't wait to hear about your opinions/ideas. Thanks a lot.