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Old 08-23-2012, 01:19 PM   #1
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I have pretty much completed repairing (read rebuilding) the landing off the front of our house. The step off the landing was on concrete blocks, the wood just sat on top. Not the way I want to finish the project off!

The stats: landing is 19 inches off the ground. Can I get away with one step, then the ground, or should i have 2 steps then the ground?
If I do step(s), should I use a riser? Does it attach to the front of the landing or the side? If the front, the front of the base or the back of the base? (Clumsily worded, but assume the front is a 2x6, does the riser attach to the front side of it, or does it go in back of it? Prob in back, now that I am thinking of it)
Can I just build a "box on a slab" for one step?

Thanks to any and all ideas!


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Old 08-23-2012, 02:47 PM   #2
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There are some pretty specific codes regarding stairs; min/max height, all must be the same, etc. Splitting 19 inches in half with one step won't fly. I think max step height is approx 7 inches.


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19" is 3 rise 2 steps at 6 5/16" rise
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:11 PM   #4
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this link will provide you with the riser and thread requirements of the 2009 International Residential Code. The IRC is the basis of most building codes in the United States. Your code may differ, in Massachusetts we are allowed a maximum riser of 8-1/4" and a minimum thread of 9". A call to your building department of google search for your state may provide a different answer

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