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. “We were able to create a clean, uncluttered space, but in a playful way,” says Anzai.

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. “We were able to create a clean, uncluttered space, but in a playful way,” says Anzai.

If I ever get my little cabin in the woods, I am totally doing this!!  I just love the texture and color of the wood and rebar together.    Leftover rebar was turned into a rustic railing adding depth and texture to the balcony and stairway--love this idea for a rustic home

If I ever get my little cabin in the woods, I am totally doing this!! I just love the texture and color of the wood and rebar together. Leftover rebar was turned into a rustic railing adding depth and texture to the balcony and stairway--love this idea for a rustic home

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