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russells 03-02-2013 01:20 PM

understanding codes
I m wanting to install exterior patio doors at the bottom of the stairs that come down from a loft style bedroom, is there any building codes that allow or deny this.

joecaption 03-02-2013 02:50 PM

Got a picture?
I'm sure someone will have the exact distance but there has to be a landing, you can not be still sanding on the stair when opening the door.

woodworkbykirk 03-02-2013 02:57 PM

it depends. how is it a slider or a swinging door. how much floor space between the stair and the door

Daniel Holzman 03-02-2013 04:14 PM

Building codes plus interpretation are local. You need to discuss the project with your local building inspector.

GBrackins 03-02-2013 09:23 PM

typically you are required to have a landing at the bottom of a flight of stairs. depending on your local code the landing is required to be at least 36-inches (between the stairs and exterior wall.

A quick call to your local building department will provide the actual requirements you need.

Good luck!

Gary in WA 03-02-2013 10:58 PM

Pick the State to find which Building Code you are under, may include local amendment;

All but a small handful are under this prescriptive code of IBC or an earlier year:
As stated; check locally.

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