We have completed the last big final step. When we purchased this old farmhouse, the stairwell had no rails, newel posts, or balusters. We put a temporary railing system in place for safety purposes. We did not consider the original design of the stairs with no railing to be very safe. Our restoration redesign created a safe and attractive solution. Looking back, this “room” required more time and energy than any room previously restored in the house. That is one of the reasons is was left as one the last big restoration projects.
The process started with brightening up the area by changing the ceiling. Remember, the old ceiling was flat. We removed every other ceiling joist and beefed-up the remaining joists. The ceiling was now open to the rafters and then covered with shiplap. The joists were eventually wrapped with wood giving them the appearance of a beam. Then the fan was installed:
The original ceiling ascending the stairs required a taller person to duck when using the stairs. Since we were early on in the planning stages, we were able to move the ceiling back about 6-inches. This completely solved the potential head bumping issue:
The railing and newel posts were built from the original repurposed kitchen cabinets and from wood found in the old barn. The newel posts were designed to be consistant with the woodwork existing in the house (built-in cabinetry, front porch, etc.). The balusters are 1/2″ x 1.2″ square steel:
This was the last big indoor finishing project; therefore making it the final step of our farmhouse renovation project. Smaller projects on our list are to refinish all of the interior doors and tile the laundry room floor. This will have us ready for spring and summer to work on the grounds – for landscaping and gardening.