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Old 03-13-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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Remove basement access 1 of 2


I'm starting to plan a kitchen remodel and one of my basement accesses is right under where I want to put full width countertops and base cabinets. It's a door in the floor with stairs beneath to an unfinished basement / crawl space 5 ft tall. My second access is a mini door (5ft tall) on the exterior of the house.

Is there any rule or code that requires access from inside the house? can I remove the stair and replace the floor in this area?
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That door in the floor is probably adequate for access according to your local code.

If that same "door-in-a-floor" was in a bedroom, it would obviously not qualify as a qualifying egress exit. - A 4 or 5 year old cannot the expected to raise a door in a bedroom for an exit and climb down a stair/ladder to go to basement where there might not even be able to get out. - It all depends on the intended use of the door for code compliance purposes and could not be acceptable as an egress opening from a room.

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Is there any rule or code that requires access from inside the house?
I can't think of any but that may be different in your area. I also see no future potential for finishing that basement. Only possible reasons I can think to keep it are convenience and quick storm shelter entry point.

A quick call to building inspection in your area would answer that for you.
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