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Small Vestibule with Stairs in Multi-Family
May 17, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We need to completely re-do a hideous small vestibule in a multi-family building. There are several challenges here. First is that we cannot change the layout. Basically we can only change the materials. Second is that since this is a heavily-trafficked public space, all materials must be able to stand up to abuse (intentional or not). So, simply painting the walls isn't a great solution as it will need to be re-painted probably every six months. Another complicating factor is the stairs. If you put say wainscoting along the two side walls from the front door, the wainscoting must go up at the same angle as the stairs. If it doesn't, you're left with wainscoting two feet off the floor at the higher level. You could start the wainscoting at the front door, perhaps six feet high and not change the height, but that will probably look strange. If you use tile to achieve a similar effect you have the same problem. We desperately need some suggestions or photos of similar small vestibules with stairs. Again, it's really the stairs that makes the design so tricky. Thanks!!