Of course, there were the inevitable unexpected dramas, like The Day They Decided to Move the Staircase. Jeff wanted it just three feet left of where it was—directly facing the front door—so that he could create a more gracious entry. He thought that taking down the old stairs and building new ones would be "the easy part," but that was before he studied the code and logistics. "Building stairs is an art," he says. "If they're not spaced correctly, they just aren't going to feel right."