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    Default Removing Second Set of Stairs

    We have a second set of stairs. The service stairs? We were wondering if we removed these, we could at the top of them floor it over to the wall and get a large closet. Our house has 2 little closets deep enough to accept hangers. AND, we could gain space in the tiny kitchen for a small pantry.

    Beside the pantry we were thinking that maybe we could squeeze in the tiniest powder room/water closet on the first floor which would boost our home's value tremendously EVEN IF it is tiny.

    I have googled removing stairs and get nothing.

    Has anyone ever tried to remove a useless, narrow set of service stairs? Has anyone even looked into the possibilities?
    Last edited by suec129; 01-06-2009 at 07:01 PM. Reason: more things to ask

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    Default Re: Removing Second Set of Stairs

    Quote Originally Posted by suec129 View Post
    We have a second set of stairs. The service stairs? We were wondering if we removed these, we could at the top of them floor it over to the wall and get a large closet. Our house has 2 little closets deep enough to accept hangers. AND, we could gain space in the tiny kitchen for a small pantry.

    Beside the pantry we were thinking that maybe we could squeeze in the tiniest powder room/water closet on the first floor which would boost our home's value tremendously EVEN IF it is tiny.

    I have googled removing stairs and get nothing.

    Has anyone ever tried to remove a useless, narrow set of service stairs? Has anyone even looked into the possibilities?
    Its a structural framing question, and yes its been done, and yes we have.

    You'll likely also have to erect a safety barrier (and possibly a fire curtain) until you get the floor framed and subfloor down so you don't lose your Occupancy status. Our AHJ and Home Insurer were happy with a special net, temp rail and fire curtain.

    I have no idea what the "rules" are in Wilmington DE, bout all I know is no sales tax and corporations get a huge break being incorporated there, and the public potties on your side of the Memorial Bridge are usually clean and well-lit (and usually a trooper is within shouting distance)! You'll probably need approved plans to get permit, and likely several inspection appointments during the process. You have to have some idea how your home is structurally configured. You may not be allowed to do this depending on your floor plan configuration without making provisions for secondary exits from your second level to current building code standards. An architect or structural engineer can draw plans, and specify materials and stamp them for your authorities having jurisdiction to consider. Your Home Insurer may also require an inspection, you may be required to carry a special rider durring construction.

    How this is done varies. Don't know if your masonry construction, stick framed, timber framed, balloon or platform and no idea if your walls are bearing or how your stairs were laid in or the configuration you have.

    Sounds like you're also planning on taking down walls currently on either or both sides of this staircase.
    Last edited by Blue RidgeParkway; 01-06-2009 at 07:55 PM.

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    Default Re: Removing Second Set of Stairs

    You made smile. No sales taxes and clean restrooms? Nice!

    We love your neck of the woods too. Except, someone in Ashville told us not to consider moving there...to many people move there already and its losing its small town feeling! Well, harumph!

    Thank you for your advice. We have a friend who is an architect, I suspect its time to hire him. Thanks again.

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