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    Quote Originally Posted by SCVR6 View Post
    Get rid of the carpet and replace with hardwood, remember if you go with a dark floor it will show more dust and scratches. Open up the wall between the kitchen and the dining room this will make the space feel larger. I would replace the railings with something more sleek, The oak and steel is dated. A thought is stainless steel posts with stainless cables or tempered glass.

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    Paint and Hardwood are a must and that is on the top of my priority list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CityConnection View Post
    Good eye. It is roughly a 12x12 landing. On that floor I have a bedroom, walk in closet and a bathroom.

    I am going to make the landing into a bedroom as I have a little one of the way and need the extra room. I could buy a bigger house BUT I love the big windows. This house is uptown and an old area with a slight downtown vibe. It gives me the ability to live uptown in a downtown house.

    How is it to live in an open room? Could I put a bed out in the landing and live there without a many problems? I'm afraid of breezes at night.
    You could most definitely put a bed there, you would only have a breeze issue if a window was open or when the heat or AC was on but I doubt much. To add more privacy deleting the railing and building a knee wall 36" is code for a guard rail but 42" is a nice comfortable height. With a little one crawling around it gives you a little more peace of mind also. Buy adding a accent wall color to a few of the walls on the landing could make it feel more inviting, coupled with an appropriate lighting package would really set it off.

    This looks like it will be a fun project!

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    You can easily put a knee wall up but before you do put up something to block the light on the railing, eg; blanket or something. I just have this hunch in me saying that window on the other side is a great source of light. As the person above me said the only drafts would be if the window is open, poorly insulated etc etc.

    What scares me is if you put up a wall and frame it out after you make a hallway and a door opening your going to be left with a room 8x6~ of usable space? I think you have some great ideas, I would maybe live in there first and decide what needs to be changed?
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    I have juggled the idea of putting up a wall but my room would then become 8x12. I then thought about putting up barn doors that can slide open. But now I am thinking of just leaving it as is until I can figure out if I like it or now. It is an interesting space and I think the amount of light coming in is a huge attribute and I don't want to close it up.

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    I definitely would not put a wall up and close the room off, a knee wall would just replace your guard rail with a solid wall 36-42" high to add some privacy. You would get a loft type feel then and all you would need to to is add a baby gate to the top of the stairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCVR6 View Post
    I definitely would not put a wall up and close the room off, a knee wall would just replace your guard rail with a solid wall 36-42" high to add some privacy. You would get a loft type feel then and all you would need to to is add a baby gate to the top of the stairs.
    Oh, the wife and I are going to be using the loft and little man takes the bedroom. hahaha... I', still juggling many ideas.

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    I really think knee wall would be worth it. Keeps the open look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeoftheparty. View Post
    I really think knee wall would be worth it. Keeps the open look.
    One of my neighbours has it. I don't know how I feel about it, but definitely worth considering.

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    Unless you do a FLOOR to ceiling drape it on some sort of ceiling mounted low profile track... Seperate at the corner... Or goes one way to the 'left' side (opposite of stairs). That might be okay, and just use it to block light/unexpected visitors from seeing you gettin' it on. lol.

    Ya I just don't see any other option. That or a slick railing. Which doesn't make you think bedroom for the most part. I really think you'd need twice the space to do anything with a 'barn door'. I don't know how you'd work that.
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    I think, custom texture paint would be great combination as your floor. Even you can try with centralized radiator type cooling system which occupy less space and help for saving the energy.

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