Sam Shah and Anne Suttles asked architect Kevin Alter to renovate their 1920s bungalow in Austin, Texas, and add an addition, which contains a living area downstairs and an office upstairs. They tucked an office nook under the stairs; the Eames chair is a hand-me-down from Shah’s father.
The wall beneath the stairs in the Oak Pass House holds hidden storage, including an Enomatic wine dispenser and Sub-Zero refrigerated drawers.
In traditional Japanese houses, clever carpenters often combined staircases with storage to maximize living space. This project in Fukushima Prefecture inspired Nihonmatsu-based architect Kotaro Anzai to borrow the approach and create a custom-built kaidan dansu, or staircase cabinet, to connect the living room to the second story of a 1,078-square-foot home.
In this Brooklyn apartment, architect Sarah Zames carved out a small custom office area under the stairs that lead up to the roof.
Given the spatial constraints of this Slovenian home, the staircase leading to the upstairs loft needed to be a short and steep. Since the residents wanted a workspace in the living area, the architects turned the underside of the stairs into a handy bookshelf.
Of the seven steps in Michael Pozner’s not-quite-500-square-foot aerie in Greenwich Village, five contain drawers for storing clothes.
A couple devised a minimal solution for stashing kitchen ephemera under the main stairwell of their Brooklyn apartment.