Thought I should show you a picture of how our staircase looks like at this moment. Unfortunately I was a bit lacy between the tasks, so no many pictures were taking because I worked more on my tan.
But as you can see we removed the old freezer and blocked the hole under the stairs with two white doors. Great place for storage. The curved "handle" is now straight and the gap over the fridge is blocked, which you can't see on the after picture.