…Heaven of course. But just when you think you’ve got things pretty nailed down here comes another detail that makes you rethink your whole design. The drama for this week is the staircase to the loft area which will be Home Theater.
Challenge #1 – Steepness
My main concern was that the steep angle (a touch over 50 degrees) would get annoying after a while and could create problems of safety. Research told me that anything between 30 to 50 degrees was doable but I was a bit far off the optimum range of 30~35.
So my solution here was to shift the stairs a little further out and create a bit of a landing platform to get less incline. Above was my little doodle to explain to Sakamoto-san over email. Not very pretty.
Thankfully, the dude can sketch in his sleep.
Below is the extended platform side view with some recessed lighting.
It’s great seeing your designs and vision so concretely and I think it’s more effective than just 3D CAD imaging. Sketches have soul man! :)
And since we were extending the platform for the stairs, we figured we’d stretch it out all along the east side patio doors. This has a nice transitional effect between inside and the outdoors and vice versa. Another benefit is that it can act as make shit seating area and adds another level of dimension to the living room. Yes, we will lose living space, but it will be cozier.
Challenge #2 – Stairs in front on patio door.
And just when I was feeling I had notched up a little victory, the crushing blow: “I don’t like it.” she said. Not “How about this?” or “How about that?”. Just “It doesn’t sit right with me. That’s just how I feel.” Major frustration, disappointment. Dude! What are going to do? After licking my wounds, and some sulking on my part, we went over the various options but it wasn’t until we looked at the sketch below that we agreed that there was no better solution. Actually, it’s still a pretty darn nice living room. Again sketches are great.
Here’s leaving you with a classic.