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I know this may sound strange, but my husband and I live in the middle of the woods in a very rural area. We are surrounded by very very tall trees and are concerned with high winds, storms, etc. We are trying to find information on how to build a storm/trap door that would be cut into the living room floor that leads down to our ( unfinished ) partially undug basement. there is no access to the basement area except to walk out the front door, walk down the drive and back through an outside door to the basement. In other words there are no stairs, no entry from inside the house whatsoever. Our floor joists are 16 inches on center and we are wanting to cut a hole 32 inches wide and one that we could lift up and have stairs going to the lower level. Kind of like the old trap doors you saw in old movies. once we cut out and hinged off the door we would then need to build stairs going down to the basement as well. If anyone could help with ideas, plans type of tools, materials etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help
 

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Thank you

I am concerned that you do not have the experience neccessry to do this kind of work and really hope you will reconsider trying to tackle this project yourself.
Hello there, and first I want to thank you for your help. Sorry about giving you the impression that we are going to do this ourselves. I was basically interested mostly in can it be done. My husband is a contractor/Electrician. However, you are correct in that we do not have the experience as we have never done anything like this before. The advise you gave is outstanding and it will be followed. I did not know for example that I would need a permit to do something inside my home. I thought a permit would be needed for outside work or building on to the house. so again thank you for the enlightening information.
 
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