The more I think about it, the more I think something dramatic needs to be done to the Precarious Death Stairs (PDS), and soon.
One of the first things Brown did when we moved in was buy a powerful motion-activated LED to light the stairwell (which I removed when taking the picture as it screwed with the quality of the image), so it’s not as though we’re jumping blindly and hoping the stairs are still there, or that the aquarium will catch us if they aren’t. For anyone not familiar with the kitchen layout, though, the PDS are unsafe. They are located to the side of the cabinets and begin before the cabinets end. It’s such a bad design that we’ve toyed with the idea of moving the entire stairwell forward so the gap between the cabinets and the stairwell is minimized, but that’s a last resort.
I had planned to paint the PDS over the winter when I couldn’t do yardwork, but I might bump it up on the List as we’re planning some larger parties and the stairs are really and truly a possible danger for kids. For everybody, actually, once Jo’s rum-brandy-whiskey eggnog comes out, but…
Any suggestions on how to make this a more distinctive (aka: less dangerous) space?* Paint, obviously, and better lighting, but what else?
*Regarding the last post where I asked for recommendations, I should mention we’ve figured out what to do with the deadbolt voids and there is a post coming soon, but it involves making a trip out to a cemetery to take a picture of a grave and getting there has been inconvenient.