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Old 01-24-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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The stairs that lead to the basement in our home, start from the kitchen, going down 3 steps to a landing. From the landing, there are 8 steps down to the basement. The centre beam of the house runs parallel to the run of 8 stairs, on the opposite side of the kitchen. Is it possible to otherwise support the house, to make it possible for the 3 steps to go up into the living room rather than the kitchen?

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Could you post pictures or a drawing/sketch (Sweet Home 3D is nice, open source software and it is free)? Where is the living room in relation to the beam and the kitchen?

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I've taken 2 pictures, however, it would appear they are too large to post. I'll try to make a drawing and post it. Thanks, Sandi
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From your description, what you call the center beam of the house must be actually a bearing wall along the center of the house cutting the span of the ceiling joists in half, and that bearing wall already has an opening to go from the kitchen to the stairs. That would mean that the other wall you want to cut into to get to the living room is actually (possibly) two bearing walls: one supporting the floor joists under the living room (the one you would have to cut on top for your three steps in the other direction) and one possibly supporting also the ceiling joists (the one you would have to cut on the bottom to get the headroom you need).

Too much work, if you ask me, when you already have working stairs. Easier to set rules of passage through the kitchen!
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I've taken 2 pictures, however, it would appear they are too large to post. I'll try to make a drawing and post it. Thanks, Sandi
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The stairs that lead to the basement in our home, start from the kitchen, going down 3 steps to a landing. From the landing, there are 8 steps down to the basement. The centre beam of the house runs parallel to the run of 8 stairs, on the opposite side of the kitchen. Is it possible to otherwise support the house, to make it possible for the 3 steps to go up into the living room rather than the kitchen?
If you can get the top three steps to come up right at the edge of the beam, (or shorter), this sounds like a snap (more or less). But you probably cannot cut that beam at all if you need more room to get the steps by.

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