Why We’re Not Keeping the Circular Staircase

August 4, 2021

This post is sure to stir some strong emotions based on the feedback I’ve received on instagram about this staircase in Stagg Mountain Modern. If you read yesterday’s post, you know we plan to square off this space and remove the spiral stairs. Believe me when I say a lot of thought went into our decision, so today I’m breaking down why we are going this direction when so many of you (myself included!) love the spiral stairs so much.

This view from the front door was and is pretty spectacular. The light pours into the home and the view looks out into the backyard and mountainside. It was no doubt a major design element when the house was built in ’78, and it still is. But during our remodel, we will be replacing all of the windows and doors, and the rounded windows would be custom made and very expensive. And that is the launching point for our decision to rethink this entire space.

Do I think the circular stairs are cool? Absolutely, and my goal with renovations is to not veer too far from what the home was originally meant to be. But the circular stairs have sort of a downward tunnel effect when you walk into the lower level, not allowing for much light to flow into the surrounding spaces. All of the benefit of those huge windows is only felt on the main floor. The family room just off the stairs is quite dark. By digging out the whole area, squaring it off, and opening up that stairwell, it will feel much more open to the rest of the house and let the light in.

Then we considered the back of the home. The windows have this sort of tubular effect, like you’re looking into an aquarium. On one hand, kind of cool, right? But on the other hand, kind of weird.
By squaring this area off, and extending the windows alllllllll the way across the back of the house, it will add some cleanliness to an otherwise busy and choppy part of the home. Plus, we are adding a covered patio here and changing the roof line so this area can be enjoyed outdoors as well.

Many of you have asked about the light fixture. I’m sad to say it’s not staying in the home either. We’ve had a lot of inquiries about buying it, and we’re ready to sell it very soon! Watch my instagram @jenniferstagg for info on the light, and how to buy it if you’re interested.

How is everyone feeling? Mad at me? Trust me, this is the right decision for the house. I’m excited to share the plans for what it will look like, but in the meantime try to envision a wall of windows and a beautiful floating staircase!

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  1. Beth Miko says:

    This is great! I’m looking forward to seeing all this happen.

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