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Upper Stairhall makeover traditional staircase
 

Upper Stairhall makeover

Fixing the leaky skylight, new lighting, a new built-in for linens and fresh paint give this upper stairhall a crisp makeover.
Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
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campbellby wrote:
This house is stunning. Can you tell me your method for painting the
   Comment   January 11, 2014
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Oops! Wondering what were the steps you took in painting the floors. They are gorgeous. Thanks
January 12, 2014 at 4:18pm   
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This was simply painted with a Benjamin Moore floor enamel.
Glad you like it!
January 13, 2014 at 1:30pm   
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Jessica Wahlstedt wrote:
What's the ceiling clearance for the steps? - The ceiling looks low. Is it as low as it looks in the pictures? How wide are the steps? We are remodeling a house that has a very similar roof pitch and are just wondering how this works for you.
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The skylight enables a little more clearance at the top landing than would otherwise be available. Since this was a remodel we were working with existing conditions and simply improved the clearance. The stairway is 36 inches wide.
July 16, 2013 at 7:22am     
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haymond wrote:
What are the wall and trim paint colors?
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The wall color is DKC-16 and the trim is DKC-51, both from the Donald Kaufman Collection by Pratt & Lambert.
July 5, 2013 at 8:24am     
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rbthat wrote:
do you have any more images of the molding used on the stairs?
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I don't have the information at hand, but good luck with your project.
May 14, 2013 at 7:25am   
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beaumontfarms wrote:
Where can I buy this skylight?
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Hello,
I would contact your local building supplier, but the brand is Velux.
Hope that helps!
June 27, 2012 at 6:23am     
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Yes. Very much. Thank you!
July 1, 2012 at 7:47am   
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sknoonan wrote:
Hi - I love this entire house! Would you be willing to share the paint colors (wall, trim, floor) used in this picture? Thank you very much
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Try Benjamin Moore's Decatur Buff for a similar wall color, and Benjamin Moore's Snow White for a similar trim color. Try Benjamin Moore's Blue Flower for a similar floor color.
January 13, 2012 at 10:39pm     
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Thank you
January 14, 2012 at 10:26am   
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The stairs lead up to the master suite over the living room. "Fixing the leaky skylight, new lighting, a new built-in for linens and fresh paint give this upper stair hall a crisp makeover," Smith says.
Laura Gaskill added this to 10 Tips for Earth-Friendly Home Renovation
4. Increase natural light and air flow. Properly placed skylights and windows allow more natural light to stream into homes, reducing reliance on artificial light as well as allowing us to regulate the temperature without the aid of air conditioning. Before making any changes, consider the amount of light each room currently gets as well as what time of day you usually use the room. A skylight might prove to be too much in an already warm south-facing living room, but could be just the thing to light up the reading nook at the top of your stairs.Tubular Daylighting Devices Bring the Sun In
DO: Use natural light.Pull back your curtains and draw up your shades so that as much natural light as possible gets into the room. Colors will stay true, and your picture won't have as much of that yellowish tinge. Ideally you'll be able to compose your shots around the light. Avoid areas that are very dark or bright. The natural light from this skylight is flooding the hallway, which is great since hallways often lack a strong light source. In this case the bedroom door is left open to bring in any additional light and to minimize shadows on the left side of the frame.
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An easy way to create the chimney effect is to put an operable skylight above the stairway. When open, the skylight will draw the cooler air from the lower floors up, keeping the top floor cooler in the process.

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