OK, students, compare and contrast JP’s photos with mine here-
Although the room looks a little wider, the stairs access in JP’s French village house is identical to ours on the first floor (we had a door at the bottom of these stairs also), and the view down the stairs? Well…….
I thank you JP, for filling in another of the huge gaps in the history of our house. I have never been quite sure if this staircase between 1st and 2nd floors was in it’s original historical position. As JP’s house has similar bones age wise to our place, it looks very much like our staircase layout is older than I first thought .
It seems likely that our original wooden staircase was removed, possibly because it was rotten, and the terrazzo one made on-site & installed to follow exactly the same size, shape and layout of the old one.
As per our posts above, we had decided to wrap the existing staircase in wood (with a slight modification for safer access to the terrace bedroom) and I am very, very happy now to know that by doing this, we are restoring this bit of the house appropriately in the right materials. We cannot afford oak or chestnut etc , as this is a low budget project, but the wood we have chosen is tough and characterful and will have the spirit of the old original. Another mystery solved.
THANK YOU JP!!!