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## Steep Steps! HELP!

I have a stairway that is steep! We are not sure the best way to fix them since there is little room at the top and even less space at the foot of the stairs to just 'fix' them! Please any suggestions!

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## Re: Steep Steps! HELP!

Alright,
Starting at the very bottom on the floor here ya go: the first step's height is about 7.5 inches, then the platform step is 8.5 inches, then the rest of the way up the steps, the first one is 3 inches, then you have 8 steps at 10.5 and the last step at 8. The tread starting at the bottom step is 9 inches, then the platform, then the rest of the way up you got: 3 that are 8.5 inches and the rest have a tread of 9 inches. I hope this answers the question!

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## Re: Steep Steps! HELP!

Would it be possible to make the landing higher and add a few steps to the bottom? This would subtract steps from the top run thus allowing you to make the rise and run what it should be. You basically want your riser and tread to equal about 18" when you add them both together. Comfortable riser heights are 7" to 8" making your tread 10" to 11" wide. If you are able to make the landing higher and add some stairs to the bottom keep in mind that all of the stairs should be an equal height. If the heights vary by more than 1/8" or so they become more of a trip hazard. Hope this helps you out.

Mike

4. ## Re: Steep Steps! HELP!

Hard to tell from the pictures --- it doesn't look like there is enough space and likely enough head room to fit a proper staicase ( especially to code ).
Is this an old existing staircase , perhaps to a third floor attic?

5. ## Re: Steep Steps! HELP!

Originally Posted by sabo4545
Would it be possible to make the landing higher and add a few steps to the bottom? This would subtract steps from the top run thus allowing you to make the rise and run what it should be. You basically want your riser and tread to equal about 18" when you add them both together. Comfortable riser heights are 7" to 8" making your tread 10" to 11" wide. If you are able to make the landing higher and add some stairs to the bottom keep in mind that all of the stairs should be an equal height. If the heights vary by more than 1/8" or so they become more of a trip hazard. Hope this helps you out.

Mike
Keeping in mind --- depending on local code --- stair cases need to be 34 - 36 inch width. The landing would also need to be the minimum width as the adjoining stair case.
By making the landing taller and the 34 - 36 inch depth of the landing --- the steps leading up to the landing would project further into the room. Also , when on the landing the head room has to be a minimum of 6'8" as well along the steps leading up to the landing.
If the ceiling is wide open in this area it may be doable but it's hard to see from the pictures.