||05-27-2013 01:17 PM
Modifying existing (old) framing to extend stair opening
I have a 100 year old home with a very low clearance (< 6 ft) above the stairs between the first and second floor. Moving furniture (or being tall) is really difficult in our home! Since I'm working on a reno on the second floor and have the floor joists exposed anyway, I thought I might take a stab at fixing the problem.
I've attached a couple of drawings showing the existing structure, and two options I've come up with for extending the stair opening by one joist bay. The second option is a little "cleaner", but it would involve more plaster repair. In both options I'm not sure what to do with the end of the new sistered joist where it meets the double brick wall. I'm hoping I can get away without cutting a new pocket into the brick, but I'll do it if I have to.
You are not my engineer, I know. I still want to hear from anyone who might have done something like this before to see what option looks the most sensible.