So I am about to buy this home overlooking a Golf Course lot in TX. Here's the pic of the stair case .
After walking up, on the other side of the staircase, there is a drywall with three arches looking down to the family room. The area between those arches is a dry wall (You can somewhat see what I am saying from the pic). I am planning to remove the dry wall below those arches and replace them with a iron blusters and a railing. This, in my opinion, would make it look more open.
Also, I am evaluating the possibility of merging the three arches and having one large opening.