Living and EntryCraftsman Living Room, Seattle
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If you’re considering the hook route, be sure to investigate the weight of the ladder you’re interested in and also take into consideration the height and if there are any obstructions, such as pendant light fixtures, that may interfere with moving the ladder to another piece of railing. The hook-style ladder shown here was custom made for Board and Vellum by Boiler Room Custom Metal in Seattle. Board and Vellum designer Jeffrey Pelletier notes that because the bottom portion of the ladder is wheeled, one adult can lift it quite easily. In fact, Pelletier says, this ladder is actually transferred between the living room and adjacent kitchen, where there is another section of railing. “It’s a fun feature in the house that people love to interact with,” he says. Pelletier says this completely bespoke ladder was $4,000, including two sections of railing. The weight of MWE’s hook ladders ranges from 30 to 70 pounds, depending on the tread selected, Peacock says. And while that’s fine for an average person to pick up, children and seniors may have a more difficult time. Unlike the Alaco and Putnam Rolling Ladder examples, MWE’s ladder designs do not have wheels on the bottom.
The living room walls were painted Sherwin-Williams’ aptly named Fireworks. The home had no crown molding, so Pelletier added it throughout, and had the trim on the bookshelves custom milled to match the existing trim. The library ladder optimizes access to the shelving; it migrates between here and the kitchen as needed. Find an architect in the Houzz pro directory