This is an older log home, and meets the "over the river and through the words song," and while I liked the house I wondered why the staircase was so wobbly...
The staircase was the circular kind, and exactly what you would expect to find in a log home.
It makes for a fun way to get to the upstairs.
These houses are exceptionally inefficient as there is no way to keep heat near the floor. It is attracted to the very high ceilings, and upper level.
That was obvious going up the stairs.
But going up it was a very wobbly experience.
I didn't like it!
Getting up there I found out why!
The stairs are, well, not really attached.
Having already gotten upstairs I was a big scared coming down!
This is how they are attached on both sides!
One side has two loose screws for its connection.
The other one very fine, bent finish nail. One.
That's not a lot of support!
And to think people lived there with the stairs like that!
I think they need a different connection. I think.
My recommendation: sometimes when you go up you don't want to come back down! Like here. I did anyway, but warily! It's always a comfortable feeling to know that everyone on the inspection is in danger. After I came down I held the stairs tightly, pushing them against the posts so they would not wobble so much when my clients came down. We all made it...
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