The basement appears to be the flavor of the month – let’s stick with it for a little longer. How many staircases do you need to go into a basement?
Well, we currently have three ways to get downstairs. There is a staircase directly connecting the first floor unit to the basement. There is also a ‘front door’ to the basement [LINK – Basement front door] and a rear exit through the back porch.
That back porch is in bad shape and we plan on rebuilding it. This gives us the opportunity to improve the staircase layout as such that the first and second floor units will directly connect to the basement.
Going back to the question of how many staircases we need to the basement, we decided that one really would do the job. And that would be the one in the new back porch. I am sorry to say, but this was the death sentence for the existing stairs leading to the first floor.
Charming as that staircase was, the good news is that we now have an extra space on the first floor, which we can now convert into a closet or pantry.