How can I build a closet in a stairwell?
I have no pantry. I don't mean I have a little one, I have NONE! Over the years, my cupboard space seems to have been taken up by my dishes, electric cooking gadgets, bakeware. Therefore my small amount of storage for canned and packaged goods is minute. I'm using an old side-by-side fridge at the moment but it isn't the best idea, I need a better space for canned and canistered food supplies. I have special dietary requirements (gluten-free vegan and no corn) so need to store cooking and baking ingredients make our edibles from scratch, there seems to be a lot of them, much more than for traditional cooking/baking.
How can I build a pantry? The only space I can see to do so would be over the back (lower end) part of a stairwell to the basement, and it would have to be raised enough to give head clearance going down the stairs...(there's a beam going across the top at the bottom end of the stairwell, so tall people already need to duck, it's about 73 inches to the bottom of it of the beam from the top of the bottom step. I figure I'd need to go about 6 inches or so higher than the kitchen floor, which would give a headspace of 76 inches. I would need to take out the wall there at the moment...and build a platform across, then build the pantry in. There is an outlet I can tie into for light....
I have no way to post photos, but it's a typical fairly steep set of basement stairs, about 34 inches to the back wall from where it would open...height to the ceiling is approximately 86 inches. I could make it with shelves receding back over the stairs or straight across, but there is no safe way to reach shelves on the outside of the closet from the stairway, if a closet is made.
Thanks for sharing hints and tips and help! Blessings to each one.