Brokers’ tour is an interesting event. It’s kind of like a box of chocolates; “You never know what you’re going to get.” So, I’ve decided to start writing about some of the stuff I see! Much of the time, I’ll share tips and professional insights, but on occasion I’ll find those wild and wacky homes that just need to be shared.
What are your thoughts about stair coverings? I’ve seen some interesting treatments over the years, but have started to see carpeting replaced with wood.
Cool idea about that? Carpeting takes a beating on a staircase, showing dirt and wear and tear far sooner than other areas of a home. Wood treatment offers a bold and clean look. Not so cool, wooden stairs don’t soften the sound of footsteps going up and down, especially if you have a household of active kids coming and going.
Will wood hold up over time, or eventually loose its luster? What are your ideas for the ideal floor covering for stairs in your home?
So far, I’ve only seen this treatment in new home models, but I really like it. This particular paneling treatment was for the tall wall at the top of a stair landing to the rise of the second floor. Very dramatic and so much more interesting than a plain hallway wall. I’ve also seen this design feature used on the lower portion of an entry hall. Certainly made for an impressive entrance.
Now what kid wouldn’t be mesmerized staring at this just before nodding off at night? It would take the right setting to pull it off though. The dark color could give a rather gloomy look to a child’s room. In this case, it worked just fine. Ample daylight flowed in through other windows and the rest of the rooms decor was colorful and appealing. Besides dusting the trim corners, any other downside?
Unusual Closet Door
There is an entire generation of people who may not even know what this is – telephone booth? What’s that?!! Reminiscent of something you might see in England, I love this innovative and fun use of an old door at the end of a hallway. Certainly grabs one’s attention. I think this concept could be applied to other rooms of the home that could use some stylization, any ideas?
Small Yard Oasis
Seen in a town house, with very little yard, this homeowner made the best use of a small space. When viewed from sliding doors inside of the house, it created a feeling of spaciousness in an otherwise small living room.