Whenever a second floor is added to an existing one-story structure, the primary impact on the first floor is the stair. The design challenge is to make this a positive impact rather than a negative. The stair should add vitality to the first floor rather than just removing living space.

In this case, the stair became the core of the house, connecting not only the first and second floors, but extending viewlines, bringing in light, and setting an aesthetic direction for trim, etc.

The design of the kitchen island, pantry, and living room bookshelves reinforced this aesthetic.
 
The client says.. "Just went to see the stairs. Awesome! The winter view to the lake is a tad more impressive, but the room is full of light and air, and the structure is stunning (even though I realize it's not totally done yet..)."  

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completed:
Exterior
Interior Rooms
Stairway



construction photos:

Entry/Porch
Exterior Cladding
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Ray C. Freeman III
Ray C. Freeman III
Registered Architect
rayiii@workshop3d.com
(206) 349-3147

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Marvin L. Wetzel
Licensed Contractor
mlwgc1@gmail.com
(206) 271-4418
Marvin Wetzel