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2 Great Uses of Space under the Stairs

by Daniela Haaland, Realtor® 02/12/2019

Are you either starting new construction or remodeling a home with a set of stairs?

If you know me well, have walked a property along side me, or toured a listing with me, you know wasted space is something I could never understand in design. We live in the Silicon Valley and space is a commodity. Today's Blog is all about sharing a few of the smartest trends to add space and interest to your new home. Using the space under your stairs could give you the 30-40 square feet you needed to expand that kitchen, pantry, first floor laundry room or bedroom suite, without sacrificing another area.

Let's take a look at this smart design in this Palo Alto craftsman homes. One might think this door under the stairs is a storage closet...

Well, guess again! A powder room was moved from the east side of the house into this space. This space allowed for standard height ceiling at the vanity on the interior hallway side and enough head room for a 6'6" person on the exterior wall. Add a beautifully framed mirror over a pedestal sink and light filtering shade over the window, and you just gave yourself +30 sq ft to use elsewhere!

Some would ask, "Do you have to tuck the furnace in another closet somewhere else?" That would be silly and not effective in the overall goal of saving space. The furnace was added underneath the first 2 tiers of stairs and accessible via an exterior door on the side of the house. This my friends is GENIUS!

Now, wow about if the stairs are not highlighted in the front of the house, but maybe they lead down to your basement?

Adding a wine closet with glass doors and lighting that will give it the focus your collection deserves is another great idea for the homeowners who want all the bells and whistles.

Chat with your architect or builder about these and other smart space-saving techniques for your next build. Get creative and stay sensible so that if you were to ever sell, new buyers would find your genious ideas well thought out and efficient. Going too far outside of the box may put you in a challenging position when it comes to resale. 

Please, feel free to let me know what you come up with so we can highlight your home on a future Blog!




About the Author

Daniela Haaland, Realtor®

From the foundation up, Daniela (Porri) Haaland knows houses and how to make them homes. She brings to Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty a strong passion for real estate stemming from her positions at JD Haaland Construction, Inc. as Chief Financial Officer and Principal Design Consultant. Developers throughout the San Francisco Bay trust Daniela with finding and designing their perfect home. This insight allows her to match your specifications with real estate offered both on and “off-MLS".

Daniela is a graduate of San Jose State University. She is dedicated to continuing her education and staying current in the ever-changing real estate markets by being an active member of the National Association of Realtors, Monterey County Association of Realtors, and Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

Daniela’s earlier career has taken her around the world. This gives her a heightened understanding of diversity and the effective communication necessary to meet the individual needs of buyers and sellers from various communities. 

Her genuine enthusiasm and commitment to excellence shines in all her transactions. Daniela focuses on properties in the SF Bay Area Peninsula neighborhoods of Palo Alto and Los Altos and South Bay. She and her husband currently reside in Los Altos and a vacation home in North Lake Tahoe. They spend their free time in the great outdoors mountain biking in the Santa Cruz Mountains and training for ultra-marathons. As an endurance athlete and marathoner, Daniela will work tirelessly with all parties involved for her clients' ultimate success.