I'm sure this is a) dangerous, b) impractical, and c) over-dramatic, but I just had a thought. The bookcase stairs from the second to the third floor (renovated attic space)? What if we knocked out part of the central floor on the third floor, with a walkway/railing around the center of the room? So that the second floor library had a double-height ceiling? Wouldn't that be cool?
It'd cut into the children's playroom, but the playroom is huge as it stands, and I think there'd be plenty of space left. Given how low the ceilings are in the playroom area, it's not as if later homeowners would be able to do much useful with the space anyway...
This is probably just an invitation for children to try to climb over the railing and fall to break their necks on the next floor, right? But it looks so cool in my head.
Tell me I'm crazy.
I blame this photo.