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We may need to create a foyer entry. Possible turn stairs to the left (to open to family room) or turn stairs back on itself to go back (towards kitchen). There would be an open framed doorway to the left (dining) and to the right (family). Our ceilings are 8' and entry is much smaller than most of these pictures, but I clipped these to get some ideas.
We may not be able to raise the ceiling, but maybe we can create an illusion of a higher entry, like this one?
side openings, framings - this is similar to what our entry doorways to left and right might look lie.
stair turn - something like this might work.
foyer entry with door
stair nook is nice - although might have to pop closet out like this one. might eliminate some dead space though.
separations - kitchen is not as viewable. maybe an option.
example of stairs
these are more pics from the same house.
view from kitchen. just an idea, not my favorite.
cool storage. probably not going to happen with our limited space. but maybe we can incorporate this near the garage somewhere at a future date.
about the same framing/size as our entry.