Over the past few years, we have done a series of renovations to this small house but had not yet done any work on the living room, which happens to be the central space of the house. When our client's granddaughter offered this appraisal of how the living room looked in comparison to the newer spaces it was all the motivation necessary for this latest phase of work. The new stair and balcony railing are designed to be more open, allowing light and views to filter through the spaces, making the spaces feel larger and more connected. The solid landing on the stair, wrapped in walnut, conceals mechanical equipment. Open treads, made of solid walnut, float between a blackened steel panel in the center and the side walls of the stair. The new fireplace surround is made with blackened steel and walnut, complementing the stair and railing.
What a pleasure it is to work with great craftsmen. There are few things more satisfying for us as architects than to see one of our designs built with care and attention to detail. The stair for the Clark Road project is a great example. The clean lines and simple palette of materials make for a sculptural stair that complements the interiors of the house. The craftsmanship brings it to life, enhancing the clarity of the design intent. Thanks to Steve, Will, Zach and Ben for their efforts on the wood components of the stair, thanks to Mike and his crew for the great sheetrock work and thanks to Bob for the excellent painting.