Large Open Stairwell
krryslogin
July 6, 2014 in Design Dilemma
We opened up our stairwell (which leads to the second floor family room) and put in a fabulous skylight. But now we are at a loss as to what to put on the "top" of the large niche. We might fill the area with plants but dry wall would not stand the test of time. Not sure if we should use our hickory flooring or dry wall the area and put laminate over that or tile with a quartz or....????? I want to keep it simple and clean.
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rainymorning
Since you have a skylight the area would be amenable to live plants. Simple ceramic tiles on the surface would be protective and easy to keep clean. Will you need a small iron rail on the side near the stairs for safety?It looks a little precarious. Are there children in the home or ones who visit? It looks like a tempting place for little ones to climb.
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Holly Homes, Inc.
I recommend using a 3d wall panel for the walls with recycled broken tile top and linear drain system
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krryslogin
Rainymorning: Thank you for responding. Yes a banister will definitely be going in. No children in the house anymore :( but grandchildren who visit :). Safety is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed. Thank you for bringing that to "light"
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Holly Homes, Inc. Those are some great ideas. Thank you. I'm not sure why you suggested the drain system though? What do you think of a living wall garden similar to the picture I attached but a larger version?
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Cabinet Store, Inc.
If you are looking for the most maintenance free way to cover the flat surface, granite is the way to go. No grout to worry about coming loose or to clean. Have the granite man install a very small profile "curb" around the slab in case you water something too much. The water will be contained until it either drys up or someone wipes it up.
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rainymorning
I think that living wall garden looks like high maintenance. I'd rather some gorgeous ceramic pots with a few interesting plants that would not require a lot of care. If you go traveling you'll want something that will get along without you or be easy for your "house watcher" to water.
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Cabinet Store, Inc: Thank you. We were considering granite - hopefully remnants from kitchen remodel we're also in the process of doing. I like your idea about the small "curb"
Thank you very much for your input !!
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rainymorning: You bring up an excellent point (again). Thank you again !!
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Holly Homes, Inc.
the drain system is an option to consider depending on the plants and watering
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krryslogin
Holy Homes, Inc; I understand , thank you. You've got me thinking about a slate wall fountain now!!!! But, I'll probably leave it simple for the time being; granite top as white as I can find, and a collection of blue and white Asian pots. It's a start that can grow and change. Thank you all for great inspiration and input. Much Gratitude, Kerry
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rainymorning
When you get it finished please post a picture.
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krryslogin
I will. Thanks
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