The cottage had been a much loved family holiday home for twenty years, but little had been done to it in this time and it was looking tired and dated.
The staircase made the worst possible use of space; it didn't span the full width of the stairwell, it stuck out into the hallway at head banging height, and resulted in two very odd strips of narrow floor in the landing above. The client was keen to have a more contemporary design and was desperate to maximise the natural light in the house.
The whole staircase was removed and Roussel and Moore Joinery, working in conjunction with the interior designer, Tanya Leech, were brought in to design a bespoke replacement to span the full width of the stairwell and align with the wall of the hallway.
Elegant simple the new staircase, with its oak handrail atop small powder coated metal balustrade, is a light design that sensitively updates the traditional cottage. It has completely transformed the hallway and landing and greatly improved the view from the living room through to the hall.
A new stairs window was also commissioned from Roussel and Moore Joinery at the same time. Taller than the previous windows, it has much less framework as it is now a fixed pane, rather than a double casement, which never opened anyway, all of which helps increase the natural light in the centre of the house. The client is delighted with the result.
Text provided by Tanya Leech.
Interiors design by Tanya Leech - www.tanyaleech.co.uk
Photography by Anya Rice - www.anyarice.com
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