A couple of weeks ago I ran into one of the Behemoths previous owners. We got chatting about the house and it turned out that he was a wealth of information.
It turns out our pink kitchen used to have a pink refrigerator and a pink stove.
You better believe I would've kept this baby.
I also learned that Jus & I are the 9th owners of the Behemoth but only the 7th family to live there. That the house was built in 1890 and remodeled in 1910. I was thoroughly enjoying my history lesson until the talk turned to the stairs.
Yes, the dreaded stairs, the stairs we recently chopped in half, the stairs I knew this man was responsible for putting in.
He started asking if the bathroom was still under the stairs and if the stairs were still wide. I said that we had taken some of the stairs off due to the plaster work that needed to be done. (I know, I know, I'm a dirty rotten liar) And then he informed me that wide stairs were original to the house.
A record ssssccccccccccrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeched to a halt in my head.
What? No way, those stairs (well, the stairs that the current ones were modeled after) are original? Someone built the house with the intention of having 8' wide stairs at the bottom and 3' wide at the top?
He went on to explain that while the stairs weren't originally that wide but that they were widened during the 1910 remodel, taken down in the 1950s and he rebuilt them in the 1990s.
Later while telling my mom this story she asked if I regretted taking the stairs down.
We're restoring the house, keeping many of the original fixtures and replacing modern things with vintage ones, and we had inadvertently chopped something that resembled the way the house looked in 1910.
My response was an adamant no.
Maybe I would regret our decision to chop the stairs had they actually been original but considering they were cheap & poorly made and how awesome they look now I have no doubt in my mind that we did the right thing.
Would you regret it?
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