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Doors Windows Stairs
What about a slider across non-laundry side of mud room to hide simple shelves?
Clean, modern design and also cost-saving if vinyl windows
Spend on newell post as focal point and use wall color to boost design impact, but overall the drywall is a cost-effective treatment of the actual stairwell?
Would wood be strong enough for the horizontal elements or is metal necessary? this almost has a Wright look.
Could make distance between slats different