It was an animal of a project. One that wrestled us into submission many times and after which, we would huddle and cower for a month or two 'til we worked up enough nerve to lash back. Knocking out a rickety staircase, living with orange construction netting to keep us from plummeting to our doom, ripping off some of the carpeting that extended onto the walls (weird, right?), building the staircase encasement from scratch, re-purposing the old handrails anchor posts, and painting the beast? Wow.
But it is now done, and I love it. Pops, you are a marvel.