Floor space at the top of interior stairs
I couldn't find a width exception for secondary stairs (those not required for egress) in IRC 2009. Am I missing your reference?
I have a walk-out basement, so this stairway wouldn't be the only means egress. In light of this fact, I'm pretty sure my building official will grant the variance.
I think I'm going to go with narrow landings instead of low headroom, short treads, or tall risers, since narrow landings seem to be the least likely to cause a safety hazard. I'll take the landing at the top of the stairs down to 30" and I'll do the same with the intermediate landing.
Last edited by benjamincall; 01-27-2011 at 01:07 AM.