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troyce1 08-28-2012 10:56 PM

Door Meets last step on basement staircase..
 
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I am finishing my basement and my basement stairs come down to about less than 28" from my framed wall.

My plan is to put the door at the bottom of the stairs to a room (the doorway is pictured).

I want to put a 30-32" door there, however, the last step would then jut out into the bottom corner of the door when opened (door will open into the room).
Is this allowable by code, if the corner of the step opens into the doorway?

I can put in a door smaller than 28" but I wanted something wider, so that if needed I could get things back into the small storage area.

Thoughts?

Gary in WA 08-28-2012 11:34 PM

You need a 36" landing at the bottom, check with local AHJ: http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...?bu2=undefined

Gary

troyce1 08-28-2012 11:38 PM

@GBR, thanks, but the basement height with stairs would not allow that. The house is over 160 years old, so the spaces etc are much tighter.

joecaption 08-29-2012 12:12 AM

Put the door at the top of the stairs opening into the room up stairs.

troyce1 08-29-2012 07:48 AM

@Joe - There already is a door at the top of the stairs.
I just wanted to put a seperate door in for privacy/access.

There is also a 30" exterior door on the opposite wall.

GBrackins 08-29-2012 08:06 AM

Were you required to obtain a permit to perform this work? Will the building inspector be checking your work?

bbo 08-29-2012 08:26 AM

pocket door option?

Hammer450R 08-29-2012 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by troyce1 (Post 998846)
@GBR, thanks, but the basement height with stairs would not allow that. The house is over 160 years old, so the spaces etc are much tighter.

Doesnt mean it doesnt have to pass code, they dont let you slide because its old and tight.

troyce1 08-29-2012 10:55 AM

@BBO - a pocket door still would pose the same issue, either have a 24" door, or have the bottom stair exposed when the door is open.

@GBrakins - no permit, we are replacing the existing framing, we had to tear it out to waterproof the basement.

It seems that there is no ideal option here. I looked at building the bottom stair into a landing which would be 36" but then the ceiling height is too low to stand up, a wider door will leave the bottom stair exposed when open, and a small door is just.... small.

I dont see any feasible way to have 36" at the bottom of the stairs w/o building the landing thus reducing the stair height.

GBrackins 08-29-2012 12:03 PM

what is the distance from the bottom of the stairs to the 2x wall?

troyce1 08-29-2012 12:38 PM

It is either 24.5" or 26.5", I will be able to check in about an hour for sure.

GBrackins 08-29-2012 12:41 PM

no need to measure if it's that short of 36". I have seen similar in older homes for stairs down to the basement

troyce1 08-29-2012 12:56 PM

Gbrakins- what are you suggesting? Just leave it ?
If I leave the wall framing coming down the stairs as is with the bottom step exposed I can get a 30" there. I'm not sure what's worse...a small door or the step exposed ?

GBrackins 08-29-2012 02:07 PM

I was suggesting there was no need for you to measure the distance .... that's all

GBrackins 08-29-2012 02:07 PM

do you have a building code? if so what is it?


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