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Building Space-Smart Stairs

IBM says they’re building a
smarter planet; some of us would settle for smarter stairs. If you have room in
the attic or basement and you want to access it, then you might have to
consider building some space-smart stairs.

The attic could be used for a number of
things. In this case, let’s think of it as additional storage space. To get to
the attic, you’ll need to build a trap door and install attic stairs. The hallway
is a common location to make the new entrance.

Some things
to consider
before you install the door and stairs:

  • Make sure the new door is not in the path of wires or cables.
  • As you cut the new opening, allow additional room for the stair case to flip outward. The standard accommodation is about 14 inches.
  • Make sure the stairs can be attached securely to ceiling joist, not the roof trusses.
  • The project should take a little over two hours to complete. It is a DIY yourself project but if you run into trouble, a general contractor or builder could tackle this project.

Single-level homes built in the 1950s and 60’s usually only
had an outside entrance to the basement.
If
that’s still the case, cut an opening in the floor and add a spiral staircase.

With a new entrance to the downstairs,
several other projects may spring to mind. A spiral staircase can really open
up your options to the downstairs once you obtain a centralized location to
access it. If you’re thinking about this type of addition, here’s a link to ask
the experts: http://arkestairs.com/

Another option to finding more space in the home is to build
storage space underneath existing stairs.

This area goes forgotten because it’s usually boxed in. We tend to think of this
space as part of the stairs. In reality, it can be used for storage. Exposed
stairs are even better. A wall of cubbie hole storage units can be constructed
by using plywood and paint. This is a great project for a handyman or a professional contractor.

Source:

http://thisoldhouse.com/toh/>photos/0,,20264710_20594410,00.html

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