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Old 01-15-2015, 07:19 PM   #1
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Does this U shaped staircase look right to you?


Hello,

I was hoping to get some help from some of you that have professional knowledge about stairways.

My wife and I are having a new home built in Colorado. Today I stopped by to see how things were going. I've provided a link in the post below to several pictures showing what I perceive as a problem.

It looks like the top stairs run too far into the middle landing so that it is crowded against the back wall. Even when this is finished it will make for an awkward turn and an ugly staircase will it not? It seems to me the distance from the last 'top' stair to the back wall should be the width of the staircase itself.

I wan't to forward these pictures to my builder, but want to see if any of you agree with me. Thanks.... Nick

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Old 01-15-2015, 07:20 PM   #2
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I agree it doesn't look right. Once a railing is installed how would move any furniture up the stairs. But is that the permanent staircase or just a construction stair? Based on the landing size it looks temporary.
It could easily be back up the width of one tread if the top step was the second floor instead of a tread sticking out.
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I agree it doesn't look right. Once a railing is installed how would move any furniture up the stairs. But is that the permanent staircase or just a construction stair? Based on the landing size it looks temporary.
It could easily be back up the width of one tread if the top step was the second floor instead of a tread sticking out.
that what i was thinking ..this might be temporary....
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My buddy of mine is also telling me it appears to be just temporary. Thanks so much guys!
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that what i was thinking ..this might be temporary....
ditto...
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My buddy of mine is also telling me it appears to be just temporary. Thanks so much guys!
you could send him the picture in a joking manner ..if you can joke with him...and say something like this...hey ______ was out to the house today... looks good...but did you see these steps my wife the person who also signs your check ask me about them what should i tell her ...lol
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you could send him the picture in a joking manner ..if you can joke with him...and say something like this...hey ______ was out to the house today... looks good...but did you see these steps my wife the person who also signs your check ask me about them what should i tell her ...lol
No kidding - that would be funny
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you could send him the picture in a joking manner ..if you can joke with him...and say something like this...hey ______ was out to the house today... looks good...but did you see these steps my wife the person who also signs your check ask me about them what should i tell her ...lol
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It doesn't look right to me either. You should definitely confirm with him that the final stairway isn't going to be like that.
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I don't have a set of building codes right in front of me but I don't believe that even meets code. Disregarding that fact it certainly doesn't look right nor would it be easy to negotiate especially when caring anything. Backing up a full step like you showed in your pictures would make it look much better as well as making it work much more effective.

I personally don't like the one step in the middle of the landing either but I don't know what can be done about that without some major renovations. I definitely prefer that a landing just provide a change of direction not a change of elevation. I don't believe there is a code issue with it but I think it would be quite awkward to walk up.
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What do the engineering drawings for the house show for those stairs?? I'd confirm what they're supposed to look like before just assuming what's there now is temporary. I agree with the others here that they're certainly ugly and awkward looking.
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Yea, look at the plans, and wait for him to fail framing inspection
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What do the engineering drawings for the house show for those stairs?? I'd confirm what they're supposed to look like before just assuming what's there now is temporary. I agree with the others here that they're certainly ugly and awkward looking.
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That drawing doesn't show the offset step like you have. Either the contractor freestyle it or those are temporary. They look a little too well done to be temporary though in my opinion. You probably need to discuss this with him quickly before he goes any further.

That drawing also doesn't show the step in the landing, it shows the entire landing being flat. He obviously didn't bother following the drawings at all for the stairway!

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