Here is the other house I’ve been tweaking in the last couple of weeks. When I was in college there was a large book of architectural drawings by James Paine that included several late 18th/early 19th century town houses. They were the real deal with the main floor a few steps above the ground, and the kitchens, sculleries and offices a few steps below ground.
I guess this is an American Victorian town house, or a renovated town house, or something. Maybe the basement got to be a liability. In any case, this one has the kitchen on the main floor.
There could theoretically be a stairway down to the basement, with its entrance inside that utility closet. It could even mean that that utility closet used to be a room for staging of dinner service. Isn’t that a nice idea?
And since the house must have an attic, and old houses usually have a real staircase up to their attics, there must also be a staircase up to the attic on the other side of the landing here on the second floor. I had originally made that space a closet for the smaller bedroom (and that would be a lot of fun for a child–a big walk in
closet secret room with an oval window. Yay!) then realized that, yeah, there must be a door to the attic stairs there.