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tworrell22 07-01-2012 07:56 PM

Stairs for a converted garage
I have one-car garage that was converted into a living room. I'm looking to replace the staircase into the main living area because it's too steep and doesn't have a railing.

I was hoping to find some type of modular kit that would be easy to install. Problem is that the only kits I can find are for full size staircases when I only need 3 or 4 steps. Any ideas on where to look?

joecaption 07-01-2012 08:01 PM

Post a picture of your old one.
Not that hard to make your own. Or just hire someone to do it, in most cases it would not take a 1/2 day to build, not including painting or stain.
There's lots of info on the net on how to do it, for the stringers just Google "stair tread layout".

Just Bill 07-03-2012 05:48 AM

Stairs are heavily regulated in building codes, and they need to be. They are the main source of tripping/falling accidents. Total riser/tread dimensions should be about 18". Tread height shoud be between 7" and 7 1/2, depth about 9". A few steps should not occupy too much space, but for more, I might suggest a circular staircase.

eclark 07-03-2012 12:40 PM

Even better still is if the risers are less than 7 and the treads are about 11. There is an inverse relationship where when you make one dimension bigger, the other should get smaller. A good rule of thumb I was taught is that two risers plus one tread=25.

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