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Old 12-08-2018, 06:02 PM   #16
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I got that, 80" is still min height.
Doesn't R305.1 require 84" ?

With that said, I think a new switchback landing that provides the required 84" headroom on that staircase is necessary to make this situation code compliant.

That, or a new staircase, which in the end might be easier, but could end up being a bit steep, especially for older folks and/or to get furniture down there.

OP - are you doing this with a permit ? If yes, and the building inspector lets you off the hook on this, get it in writing !

If it is not built code complaint, when you go to sell the house, any home inspector worth their salt will flag this as an issue and that often leads to opening the floodgates on anything else non-compliant.

Make it right Mike !
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I like Neal's winder step solution but I also like Texas' question; why a door at the bottom, if for no other reason than no matter which side you hinge it on, it's going to be cumbersome.
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Just push the door out by framing another short wall on the left side.

You need a step or two to get up to the landing, the door would be in front of that first step.
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Just push the door out by framing another short wall on the left side.

You need a step or two to get up to the landing, the door would be in front of that first step.
That's what I've been trying to say (if, ur gona have a door (again, why tho ?))
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I wanted to put a door down there for a few reasons.
  1. 1.The wall on the other side of the stairs is going to mount a tv and be a theater room. Don't want sound bleeding all the way up the stairs and into the living main floor.
  2. 2.Kids (little ones) don't want going up or down stairs till they are a few years old
  3. 3.Basement has windows, bathroom, 2 bedrooms, large closet and a great room. Might rent it out later down the road.



So it sounds like my options are as follows.


1. re-do the entire steps and make them more steep (difficult for older people)

2. frame out a wall once we come down to the landing. (blue lines) See picture attached. Once the two steps come down from the landing come out 4-5 feet and then build a door (red line).
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I wanted to put a door down there for a few reasons.
  1. 1.The wall on the other side of the stairs is going to mount a tv and be a theater room. Don't want sound bleeding all the way up the stairs and into the living main floor.
  2. 2.Kids (little ones) don't want going up or down stairs till they are a few years old
  3. 3.Basement has windows, bathroom, 2 bedrooms, large closet and a great room. Might rent it out later down the road.



So it sounds like my options are as follows.


1. re-do the entire steps and make them more steep (difficult for older people)

2. frame out a wall once we come down to the landing. (blue lines) See picture attached. Once the two steps come down from the landing come out 4-5 feet and then build a door (red line).
But what about only having the 76.5" between landing and header - needs to be 80" minimum right Neal ?

Are those windows legal egress compliant ? I had same basement setup but the windows were just the original small ones, like 2' x 3' or so. For private use that's one thing but for rental, they will have to be real egress
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