We looked at a house recently that has a pair of staircases that have me dumbfounded. I'm wondering if anyone's ever encountered something similar.
I've seen plenty of houses with two (or more) stairs, and usually they're located in different areas of the house. A main stair in the front/formal areas, and a winding service stair in back leading to attic/servant quarters.
This house we recently saw has a pair of staircases located right next to each other. One is L shaped and runs from the front foyer up to the second floor. The second is also L shaped, behind the wall from the other, running from the kitchen (at the back of the house) up to the same second floor area. (The second stair includes another run up to the 3rd floor). Since they're both centrally located, they consume a lot of space between the two.
They're both full-sized staircases (about 4' wide each), so it's not like a single grand stair was divided. They both have comparable level of detail, so it's not immediately apparent that the second was a service stair. The house seems to have been all built at the same time (circa 1915 Gambrel Colonial) so it's not an addition with a stair was added.
Anyone seen side-by-side stair cases before?
On a related note, anyone removed a staircase to gain floor space? Complexity/cost/caveats?