Stair case

I have a two tiered staircase. The lower case has about 9 steps then a 10x5 foot landing then the upper case is approx the same number of steps that lead to a bathroom and 2 bedrooms. I'm wondering if it's possible to take the lower staircase out and have the lower staircase just start at the upper staircase down to the floor. It would be an L shape instead of the up turn and up again that it is now. There is nothing under the lower case except an empty nook that is not easy to put any thing in it. I have studied and measured to see if it were possible and it should work. I live in a 2 story townhouse with 20ft ceilings. The townhouse was built in the 1980s and I believe the lower staircase was just designed to look aesthetically pleasing. It would allow a lot of usable space if it could be done. My camera is not working so I can't post a picture right now.
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