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Old 08-24-2011, 05:19 PM   #1
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so, my "assistant" and I decided that the "family room" needed to be remodeled. well, the painting and all that is done. but now, as is usually the case with us we find that something ELSE needs to be done: the "balcony" over the staircase going down to the "lower level" (it's a "ranch", realtors call what we would call the "basement" the "lower level" ) has to go,it makes the whole room look "dated". (the house is 30 yrs. old)
we figure a "half wall" (3.5 ft. high) ruunning exactly where the "balcony" is now,would do it. what do y'all think?
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:18 PM   #2
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I leave you to the experts here, but my wife has tried and tried to get me to take down the wall we have next to the stairs and put a railing along there. Not unlike what you have

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Old 08-24-2011, 07:25 PM   #3
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Yeah you could do that and incorporate a built in bookcase.
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Family room remodel,Get a new realtor,Or change out the spindals,take off the "finials" on top of posts. Are you trying sell?

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I realllllly like this! What a cool idea... i like this much better than the rail. Even without the bookcase I think something like this would look nice.
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If your going to take the railing out and put a half wall up, you might as well put in built-ins. I find that most people either love the railings or hate them. Are you just tired of looking at those particular railings? Would a different railing system work instead?
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"all bets are off now"! someone that we really respect as an "interior designer" has told us that the "bannister" should stay,so it's going to stay! thanks for all the advice tho

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