When my wife came home from work, I was showing her the progress. As we stood there looking at the stairs now completely open, the old wall framework having been removed, I thought, “Gee! I think having the stairs stay just as they are would work just as well as adding the landing, etc.” Within minutes, she told me the same thing. Great minds think alike. So I guess changing the current configuration and adding a landing is now out. Between eliminating the vestibule and the landing, our foyer is going to be open and bright which is ultimately a good thing. Being a purist I wish that I could restore the stairs, but I see merit in this as well. So I’ll go with it.

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