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Nappy 01-30-2007 11:55 PM

Do I need to bring this up to code??
 
I have two steps leading down into the living room area from the kitchen and hallway. I want to build buffet cabinets along the step flanking each side, eliminating most of the step except for in the middle.

Do these cabinets need to be at code height? For California, IIRC, handrail height is supposed to be 36" high. I want these cabinets to be 30" high from the top of the step, from the bottom of the steps, the cabinets will be about 42" high.


TIA!!

jproffer 01-31-2007 01:46 AM

:eek: I'll start.....pictures...pictures....ya lost me at "I have 2 steps"

AtlanticWBConst. 01-31-2007 08:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jproffer (Post 31837)
:eek: I'll start.....pictures...pictures....ya lost me at "I have 2 steps"

Same here...lost:huh:

Nappy 02-01-2007 12:43 AM

Here's a picture....
 
Should the shown dimension be to code at, I think, 34" tall.
http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/102263/dsc00459a.jpg

Thanks!!

Ron

jproffer 02-01-2007 01:23 AM

OHHHHHHHHHHH....the d9d dimension. I'm just kidding of course, but I don't understand, I apologize...download SketchUp from google and try to give us somethin to work with. We want to help, but it's really not clear what you're asking.

AtlanticWBConst. 02-01-2007 06:58 AM

It looks like you have only one step down in your pic. Is it one step or two? Am I missing something?

Nappy 02-01-2007 11:06 PM

What the...
 
how come the picture posted can be viewed from my home pc but not my work??

Anyhow, thanks to all of you that took the time to view my thread, I found the answer I was looking for.

Answer: Code says that a handrail of a minimum height of 34" is required if the step/s or drop is greater than 18". My Drop ia 12", therefore, I don't need to follow this guideline.:thumbup:

AtlanticWBConst. 02-02-2007 08:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nappy (Post 32103)
how come the picture posted can be viewed from my home pc but not my work??

Anyhow, thanks to all of you that took the time to view my thread, I found the answer I was looking for.

Answer: Code says that a handrail of a minimum height of 34" is required if the step/s or drop is greater than 18". My Drop ia 12", therefore, I don't need to follow this guideline.:thumbup:


That is exactly what I was thinking when you showed your pic...but I wanted to make sure that we had it right.

Good Luck on your project.....and watch that last step...:)

KUIPORNG 02-05-2007 10:57 AM

best idea to cover the stairs to the basement
 
my basement stairs is like this: 12 steps, pine wood, right angle steps, the treads and risers form perfect right angle, treads do not exceed a bit like most of the steps does, this make walking down a bit not compfortable because the foot always touch a bit to the risers...

Here are the options I can think of to cover these rough woods:

1. just paint it

2. cover them with laminate

3. cover them with carpet

4. cover them with solid wood


Do you know which way is the best way to go... Also is there a way I can fix the treads so that it exceed a bit to the risers so that it can be felt like regular steps....

AtlanticWBConst. 02-05-2007 02:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KUI****G (Post 32411)
my basement stairs is like this: 12 steps, pine wood, right angle steps, the treads and risers form perfect right angle, treads do not exceed a bit like most of the steps does, this make walking down a bit not compfortable because the foot always touch a bit to the risers...

Here are the options I can think of to cover these rough woods:

1. just paint it

2. cover them with laminate

3. cover them with carpet

4. cover them with solid wood


Do you know which way is the best way to go... Also is there a way I can fix the treads so that it exceed a bit to the risers so that it can be felt like regular steps....


OK....I'm not sure I am following you, but I think what you are saying is that you would like your tread widths not lengths).... to be wider. If this is the case, the question is:

What is the width of your treads now?

Is there an overhang in front (Where the tread nose overhangs the riser below it?

KUIPORNG 02-05-2007 02:43 PM

sorry, I create my message in the wrong thread, I have since create a new one... don't want to hijack this thread... please go to the other thread if you are interested in knowing the story Thanks.


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