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Old 07-01-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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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?

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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".

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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.
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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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