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Old 02-08-2009, 07:47 PM   #16
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Uh-oh. You wouldn't like what I'd tell you.
I figured as much. I'm going to give it a shot anyway.
My wife came up with another solution, which is to cantilever the floor over the stairs slightly but maintain a 38" headspace for the stairway. Less elegant but will satisfy all the requirements. That way we could maintain an 8'x11' 2nd floor bedroom space.
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Commercial/rental code inspection is usually more stringent, from what I've heard.

It might be possible that rebuilding what's existing could be "grandfather'ed-in" (depending of the local politics, and what blueprints have been registeredwith the city), but it's better to check first and make sure.
Building it to code will probably save some sleepless night later on, and keep the resale value.
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Still haven't figured this one out yet. I've revamped my plans for a basement step rise of 7.75" and tread of 9". Massachusetts code rise<=8 1/4" and tread>=9".
Bah....
My stairs to the great room need a rise of 51" = 7 5/16" each
That would be 7 steps 70" long
I was hoping to go to 8.25" rise but I only get to 49.5" in 6 steps
I'd need to go to 8.5" for 6 steps
I did plan for 7 steps...so I guess I go with 7



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Still haven't figured this one out yet. I've revamped my plans for a basement step rise of 7.75" and tread of 9". Massachusetts code rise<=8 1/4" and tread>=9".
These will be directly below the main staircase. The new basement staircase is 5 treads down and then your on a landing and then another 5 treads down to get to the basement floor for a total of 11 steps. The top 5 steps will be to code however, the bottom 5 steps get squeezed to 32.5" because the foundation is thicker than the stud wall. The new staircase would be a huge improvement over the current staircase which have treads anywhere between 7" and 6.75", rise of 8.75", and a lower width of 32.5". The only way I can make the basement staircase code is to increase the main staircase to 44" wide which takes a lot out of an already small bedroom.
Is there ever any leniency by the building department?
Edit: I'll never have the minimum head clearance as well the basement ceiling height is only 78".
Had you ever considered using adjustable stair brackets? They work well in this situation.
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I don't know about there but around here if you have 1 old board in there somewhere, its not new build. All you need is one
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