My house is built on a hill and the lower level is quite dark. In an effort to open it up a bit, the original owner came up with this weird set of stairs (pictured below) with a platform off to the side. This lets a nice amount of light in, and is occasionally useful for e.g putting a basket of washing there when you need to take it upstairs later.
The trouble is that we now have a one year old roaming around the house. Falling down the stairs would be bad enough, but this platform is a straight six foot drop and I think coming off it would be a) catastrophic and b) inevitable, if we don't do something about it.
I have a few fixes in mind, but they all have problems. Does anybody have thoughts, or another idea?
Put a big pot plant there in a planter. I think this is a non starter - kids will wiggle around anything.
Put balustrade wire (running vertically) in front of the big drop. Pros: lets light through; there are studs on the edge of the platform floor and the roof straight above it for anchor points. Cons: looks strange. Only lets me secure the long-drop edge; a toddler could just drop off the other open side onto the stairs.
Put an L-shaped plaster wall in along the two open edges of the platform. Pros: Very secure. Cons: Looks ridiculous. Cuts off light to the bottom level.
Same as 2, but with glass. Still looks ridiculous, and costs more, but at least light gets through.
The proper fix. There's no light coming from the right side of the staircase; move the entire set of stairs two feet to the left. The platform is removed; light still comes down; use the new space on the other side for a full height bookcase or something so there's no huge drop. Pros: ticks every box. Cons: I expect that moving an entire staircase and re-tiling is a $5k+ proposition.
Any better ideas?