The old stairs were carpeted, with half walls in the middle. That made the stairs to the basement dark and closed in. With the new open treads there is more light into the basement stairwell, and the elegant design enhances the main and upper floors.
“Before the remodel the kitchen was tucked at the back, the darker area of the house,” says Sutro. When he moved the kitchen to the center, he reassigned its former place to the study. To lighten up both the study and the stairwell, he replaced a wall between them with slightly opaque glass.
After - square balusters, walnut treads
Collins made a nautical stair railing from an old wooden oar he found in his garage. The seascape above the oar is a modern piece by Geoff Krueger, an artist who hails from Orange County, California.