Transform the Space Above Your Stairwell Into A Conversation Piece
Our home can be place of refuge from the daily pressures of real life. It can be filled with years of great memories. For some, a home is where the family lives, and it is a great place to raise children. Sometimes though, it may feel that we have outgrown our home and we are constantly looking for more space. Perhaps you are even thinking of moving, or at the very least believe that you have no more options left undiscovered. But if you’re convinced you’ve looked everywhere, you may be surprised at some of the places in your home you haven’t even considered. One area that often gets overlooked is the large amount of space above an open stairwell. If you get creative, it’s possible to use this space for everything from a small storage area to building out a cozy new room.
Utilizing the space above your stairwell is dependent on what you’d like to accomplish, the vision of what you want your home to be, your budget, as well as where the stairwell is located in your house. If the space is above the stairs going down into a dark out of the way basement, perhaps it is best suited for simple storage. If it is in a low traffic area on a main level, perhaps a little reading nook would be best. If it’s a high traffic area, it may be useful as a library or media storage space. The area above your stairs can even be transformed into a play area for your children, provided you have enough space to add some railings for safety. Remember that children’s imaginations are not limited by small spaces, if anything, they can inspire their creativity, so you might create a space and let them decide what they want it to be, a reading nook, a Lego room, a dress-up area, anything.
It may take some time and money to build this area out, but it doesn’t have to be a huge investment. If you’re handy, this can be a great project to work on over the weekends. Just make sure you have a plan before you start to keep your building materials out of way if the stairwell is often in use. With the square footage being small, you can even add hardwood floors or a single window, without the price getting out of control. More than anything, it can become a conversation piece between friends, and an ideal way to add some creativity to your home. After this project, you’ll certainly never look at space the same way. Knowing the payoff of investing a little time and money creatively into your home may even inspire future projects as well.