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The stairwell, as with much of the work on this house, presented many challenges to create the look we wanted.

The middle section of the stairwell had quarter inch wood paneling between the upper wall and lower wall and upon removal the wood frame was exposed , and we applied drywall joint compound to fill in the spaces in that section as well as fill in the “horizontal grooves” that were etched in the plaster covering the cinder block wall of the lower stairwell.

The same wood paneling was placed on several walls in the stairwell, which was rather strange as there was nowhere else in the house where this inexpensive wood paneling was utilized.

We installed dry wall below the window where previously the wood paneling was positioned and shims needed to be placed behind the drywall to create a plum wall.


We removed most of the dry board off the wall to facilitate the removal or the single pane aluminum framed window, which we would replace with an energy efficient dual-paned white vinyl coated window.


We wanted to install a taller window in the stairwell so that the other window on the west wall of the main story, the den window, would be identical so it was necessary to remove the studs below the window and install a shorter frame. We insulated the wall while the drywall was removed and have installed an energy-efficient dual pane with a bronze tint.

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We framed in the window (photograph on left) with colonial casing and designed a small wooden ledge on top of the block base of the home, which previously was covered by a thin section of wood paneling and also allows for placement of small decorative objects.

We installed a hanging lamp with a pulley in the stairwell, this lamp compliments the wall sconces and door hardware of the main floor, which are Venetian Bronze, and placed a Peruvian rug on the side wall of the stairwell.


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The Great Room, Page One
The Great Room, Page Two
Rear Wall, Main Floor
Rear Wall, Main Floor
The Waterfall
The Middle Bedroom, Page One
The Middle Bedroom, Page Two
The Gazebo, Page 1
The Gazebo, Page 2
The Gazebo, Page 3
The Side Yard & Garden
The Master Bedroom, Page 1
The Master Bedroom, Page 2
The Master Bedroom, Page 3
The Master Bathroom, Page 1
The Master Bathroom, Page 2
The End Bedroom
The Pool Area
The Hallways, Page 1
The Hallways, Page 2
The Children's Den, Page 1
The Children's Den, Page 2
The Stairwell, Page 2
The Children's Bathroom, Page 1
The Children's Bathroom, Page 2
The Main Floor Den, Page 1
The Main Floor Den, Page 2
The Main Floor Kitchen, Page 1
The Main Floor Kitchen, Page 2
The Main Floor Kitchen, Page 3
The Main Floor Kitchen, Page 4
The Main Floor Powder Room, Page 1
The Main Floor Powder Room, Page 2
The Gazebo, Page 4
The Gazebo, Page 5
The Front Porch