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Old 08-28-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 08-28-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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You need a 36" landing at the bottom, check with local AHJ: http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...?bu2=undefined

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@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.
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Put the door at the top of the stairs opening into the room up stairs.
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@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.
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Were you required to obtain a permit to perform this work? Will the building inspector be checking your work?
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pocket door option?
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@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.
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@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.
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what is the distance from the bottom of the stairs to the 2x wall?
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It is either 24.5" or 26.5", I will be able to check in about an hour for sure.
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no need to measure if it's that short of 36". I have seen similar in older homes for stairs down to the basement
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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 ?
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I was suggesting there was no need for you to measure the distance .... that's all
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do you have a building code? if so what is it?

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