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Old 10-22-2012, 07:36 PM   #1
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we bought a house that we need to put stairs in. it seems the only thing we can think of is spiral stairs but there expencive. the stairs have to go on an out side wall but we have the barn style home where the upstairs wall is shorter then the middle code says we need 6'6" of head room don't know what to do? help

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How much experiance do you have doing something like this?
The main reason I ask is there's a ton of codes that have to be followed to do this right. (and you will need a permit)
May be better off hiring this job out.
There's been dozens of DIY's post there pictures of there diy stairs and not once have I seen them built to code.

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we bought a house that we need to put stairs in. it seems the only thing we can think of is spiral stairs but there expencive. the stairs have to go on an out side wall but we have the barn style home where the upstairs wall is shorter then the middle code says we need 6'6" of head room don't know what to do? help
Could you post some pictures or draw a sketch for us? In this area a spiral has to be a secondary stairs not the primary.
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what is the area to be used that the stairs will go to?
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Create a landing and turn the stairs or make a dormer in the roof at the top of the stairs.

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There is likely no way you could DIY a code-compliant circular stairway. I put one in my log house, and had a heck of a time with the inspector. Spirals are not common, and inspectors are usually not familiar with them. Mine was a kit, and I had to get all kinds of documentation from the manufacturer to show the inspector that it was legal. Fortunately, a spiral staircase here does not have to be secondary.

The kits are not all expensive. Mine was around $1200.

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