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Old 03-02-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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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.

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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.

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it depends. how is it a slider or a swinging door. how much floor space between the stair and the door
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Building codes plus interpretation are local. You need to discuss the project with your local building inspector.
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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.

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Pick the State to find which Building Code you are under, may include local amendment; http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/building-codes/

All but a small handful are under this prescriptive code of IBC or an earlier year: http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic..._10_par144.htm
As stated; check locally.

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