Judy sent me this dilemma about the stairway and walls in her raised ranch. Read her story below.
Love your website....I have issues with my
entryway/foyer and need help!
The home is a raised bungalow with a walk out
basement built on solid rock. The foyer is 8 x 10 and as you enter from
you are facing the side of a full set of stairs to
the main living area. A two storey foyer that seems like a big hole right
now....I will number
each wall and describe the features as there seem
to be many.
Wall 1 is directly across from the entry door
...... looking up you see the upper level wall which is (from your left
side) about 25% railing then 40% a half drywalled
wall which is higher than the railing ( a kitchen counter on the opposite side)
and the balance is full drywalled wall...the kitchen is up there on the other
side of all this. Looking up and seeing the
three wall heights along with the stairway in front seems awkward.
Wall 2 is the wall with the entry door and
is 10 ft in length. There is a three pane side by side window above
the entry door about four feet above the door and if you are in the kitchen it is at that level so that you can see out the
window while working at the counter.
Wall 3 is to the left as you enter the exterior
door..... as you look at that wall there is to the left a double glass door
to a basement room
and to the right of these doors is the
stairway. Above the double glass door is open to the dining area with a
wood railing running
across to the stairs.
Wall 4 is to the right as you enter the exterior
door ..... as you look at the wall there is to the right a double glass door to
room and to the left of these doors is the first
step of the stairway and the landing at which point then the stairway turns
head up towards wall 3. Above the doors and
stairs is drywall right up to the ceiling. This wall is viewed
well from the dining
area but seems so much wall.
Just to add more to this the eight foot drywall
sheets from the entry level have an expansion space above them before the
level drywall sheets continue up for the upper
level of the foyer. So somehow this needs to be covered up. This
is right about level with the floor of the upper
The two double glass doors in the foyer are
opposite each other and seem balanced that way. The foyer gets lots of
from large windows on the upper and lower
levels. The walls are painted Benjamin Moore Huntington Beige which is
just a continuation
of the open concept on the upper floor. The
stairway and railing are unfinished at this point and there is no trim installed
This home is on a lake and very wooded in northern
Ontario so I am looking for a casual feel to this entryway which actually is
the back of the home I guess as the lakefront is
the front but it is the main entryway.
I appreciate any suggestions you
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