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As you can see, the stairs from our deck/sunroom were not built properly from before we bought the house. The top rise is only 3 inches. It looks to me like they simply started the top landing too far down to accommodate the rise/run. My question is, instead of a complete tear down and rebuild, should I just add onto the landing to make up the 3.5" or so that the top rise needs to match the rest of the stairs? I'll be adding trim and lattice all around anyway.






 

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I lean toward rebuild of at least the stairs. Building your landing up could make snow build up a problem in the winter.

Your stairs should have a handrail, a stair rebuild would allow you to incorporate them together.

Can't see the condition of the joists or the rest of the landing so can't really comment on if it should be rebuilt as well.
 

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This is what happens when you buy stringers at HD.
Get three measurements.
Risers for the steps from top of tread to top of tread.
Put a straight something on the deck that is level and stick out over the bottom of the lowest step. Measure to the ground at the front and back of that step.
 
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