Stop Stairing: Stairs or No Stairs?

Stop Stairing: Stairs or No Stairs?

Gregory Han
Apr 29, 2008

One thing I particularly remember while visiting and staying in Paris was the challenging amount of stairs in many apartment buildings (even more so than NYC). I ended up loving my morning and evening jaunts up the steep flights of stairs at our friend's aged apartment (many buildings were built way before the elevator was even invented), a novelty for a native Angeleno where nobody takes stairs unless the escalator or elevators are out of order. I also left with an appreciation of how challenging it could be to move furniture in such tall, stair-only dwellings, another problem mostly rare in flat terrain Los Angeles.

But in most parts of the United States, we're given the luxury of avoiding this challenge, and some friends have mentioned they dislike having stairs/multi-story floors in their home altogether, preferring single story dwellings or living on the first floor. What's your preference?

[image: DNA Civik Staircase]

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