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I need to build a stair from the kitchen to the patio. See pictures. Any ideas how I can build it? Is some type of landing box better than couple of stair steps? Thanks for your help. Height from kitchen floor to the patio is 16"
 

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you could build a couple of boxes and stack them up. However you will need to use a lot more material than just making stringers. You will need 3 rises at 5-5/16". Two rises at 8" will work but is probably not to code. this may not be an issue. Try to keep a 10" run. Rember to deduct the thickness of your tread material from the bottom of your stringers or platform.
 

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Most people prefer a landing at least 3 feet wide at an entry door---then the stairs----

It is extremely difficult to unlock and open a door while standing on a step.

In my work area code also requires one.

There are many books and posts on cutting stair stringers----The 'Little Blue Book' comes with some framing squares----That free book offers a very simple explanation of rise/run and construction methods.--Mike--
 
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As Mike said, minimum code is minimum safety. (you'll want that for your Homeowners Insurance carrier to honor any fall claims...)

R311.3 Floors and landings at exterior doors. There shall be a landing or floor on each side of each exterior door. The width of each landing shall not be less than the door served. Every landing shall have a minimum dimension of 36 inches (914 mm) measured in the direction of travel. Exterior landings shall be permitted to have a slope not to exceed 1/4 unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2-percent). From; http://publicecodes.citation.com/icod/irc/2009/icod_irc_2009_3_sec011_par002.htm

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