falcon_flight wrote:There is older home that I'm looking at that was built 1932 with pretty steep stairs. I would like to rebuild the stairs so that they are safer and closer if not up to code. The problem is that you would really have to duck in order to get the right pitch.
Is there a trick to rebuilding stairs, like removing a joist/beam or having the stairs turn 90° after a few steps to get around this?
I've read a few forums that say it can be a major expense. How major? over $5k?
Before you begin this you might want to take a want to check out local codes, if you re-build stairs you will probably have conform to new codes in which case chances are that your footprint will be bigger - especially since you know already that you have pitch issues. This will probably encroach into the space in the rooms/corridors because the stairs will need to be wider. You don't say if they are narrow stairs?
These are our construction stairs - they will eventually be finished but for now we have enough projects.
This is the view in the basement to the ground floor - as you can see there used to be plumbing above - that had to be removed due to headroom issues (and our basement is nearly 10ft tall), this was the only wall that we could put stairs on - once we put a deck on the back we will probably enclosed the window that they obscure.
As you can see we do have two steps and then a landing, we have stairs directly above that lead to the second floor and this is where we had pitch issues which impacted both sets - well either that or have them looking seriously 'off'. Both of these pictures show the LVL's that we had to have installed for structural integrity. They are an expense
This is the view of the top of the second set of stairs as you can see to the right the roofline slopes and we had to have a certain amount of landing with sufficient headroom, we didn't quite make it but the Town cut us a break. Phew!
When you look carefully at the room you can see where the fir flooring ends - there used to be a wall there and that space had a staircase (opposite direction to ours) and a corridor - No way would that be up to code but if the PO had just left it alone we would have been 'grandfathered' and the town would have had no interest in our second set of stairs or the headroom
Having said that - this is the best use of space, we needed stairs from the basement because going outside to access the main house was getting old and we figured that a second set of stairs to the bedroom floor would improve the Purple House's flow.
We did have some other work done at the same time so I don't know how much the stair part was - sorry, but I think that just for the construction stairs and the LVL's it was close to 10K - 3 guys took over a week. Obviously if you do it yourself you'll save $$$.