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Old 09-15-2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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I removed the old staircase that led up to the attic in order to access plumbing/electrical behind them. Now that I have a rough opening I can't decide to rebuild the stairs or install insulated pull down stairs and free up some floor space. Anybody have thoughts on this?

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A picture might help, but I suppose the main consideration is how often you need to access the attic and why.

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How often do you go upstairs?
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I have a pic but am not sure how to post it. I tried attaching it and it didn't work. Any advice?
I plan on putting a couch, T.V. and desk in the attic so when weather permits it can be a livable space. So I'll want to access it a couple times a week at least.
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I have a pic but am not sure how to post it. I tried attaching it and it didn't work. Any advice?
I plan on putting a couch, T.V. and desk in the attic so when weather permits it can be a livable space. So I'll want to access it a couple times a week at least.
I'm no expert, but it sounds like you will be turning it into living space, and as such will have to get into permits, codes, etc. as you may be adding weight it can not handle. You will most likely be required to have a standard staircase to meet those codes. A spiral staircase may be an option (depending on local codes), but have fun getting furniture up there.

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I think it has pros and cons either way you go. You could put a pull down in and if you didn't like it you can change it much easier than building the stairs then deciding on a pull down. If it were mine I would go with the stairs as a pull down wouldn't work for me, I would trade off the extra floor space for a stairs. How will it affect the resale value of you home, how safe is it in case of a fire, will it be safe for your family members?

As for inspection goes, I don't think they will allow you to have a pull down and use it for a living space.
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Local code has a ceiling height requirement that my attic doesn't meet so thats not an option. I would essentially be "storing" a couch, T.V. and desk up there. Would it be harder to carry furniture up a set of pull downs?
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It is tough just climbing a pull down, with anything in your hands would really be tough. Pull downs get pretty shakledy after a while and I don't trust them too much. I would go with the regular stairs for my choice.

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