You guessed it! It's completely open on one side. Danger, Will Robinson, Danger! What curious little puppy could resist such a tempting shortcut? We actually have a friend with a similar set up, who confirmed that his small dog has, in fact, fallen off the stairs on a few occasions.
Okay, so what are our options? I don't want to completely close it in, because it's an important source of natural light from above.
Here are the options I've identified so far. Please comment if you have other ideas!
Pros: Maximizes light; sleek and modern, but in a neutral way to which future buyers are unlikely to object.
Cons: Expensive as it needs to be tempered glass.
2. Wood Slats
Pros: Cool looking; Less expensive than glass (I think?); might look cool with the wood slat paneling in the study; Future buyers might dig it.
Cons: Not exactly cheap; blocks some light; maybe too much visual noise with the wood slat paneling in the study; Future buyers might not dig it.
3. Corrugated Plastic
|Source: Dwell Magazine|
Cons: Meh, just not loving the idea for Ryan's space. Jeff Sherman rocked it in his Prospect Heights brownstone (featured in Dwell), but I'm not convinced I could achieve the same effect.
|Source: Royalton Hotel, NYC|
Pros: Could look interesting, if I do it right; allows light to filter through; inexpensive, but hopefully will look more artsy than cheap; easy to remove.
Cons: Time consuming; Rope may sag overtime.
Just thought of this one, so I haven't fully evaluated the pros & cons. It would do the trick safety-wise and probably be less expensive than glass or wood slats across the entire open side. It just feels like the traditional, conventional approach-- even if it is a stair rail "re-imagined"(whatever that means.)
|Source: OFIS Arhitekti|