Open Stairwell in the Kitchen!!!--How can I rework this?
I just bought a foreclosure house for a great deal, but I think the main reason for the deal is the stairwell in the kitchen which juts out right over a section of bottom cabinets creating "functional obsolescence." I considered putting in a spiral staircase and knocking out the existing stairs altogether, but I am concerned about resale with a sprial staircase. I also considered creating a wall on the side of the kitchen covering the stairs and maybe putting in a pantry or wall of cabinets under the stairs, but this will greatly decrease the size of the kitchen and give me no work space. I do have a covered porch right off the kitchen which I could enclose for extra space, but I am trying to find the most economical solution. Any suggestions?