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Staircase Remodel. ?????
Chrissy Kelly SimmonsFebruary 21, 2013
I want to remove the closet and open the staircase so it's open with spindles and a handrail on one side ..I want to go to the top of the stairs. Any suggestions.
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Chrissy Kelly Simmons
I would like it to look like this ?
    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 7:39PM
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Chrissy Kelly Simmons
Is this possible ?
    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 7:41PM
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HI -- You should get a stair company in to look it over and give you an estimate - but I don't see why it couldn't be done . Looks rather straight forward. That will really open it up and I think it will look real nice . But are you sure you can afford to lose that closet ?
1 Like    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 7:53PM
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Chrissy Kelly Simmons
We have had 3 contractors look but my husband thinks running the handrail to the top would look more like a basement. With spindals going into the ceiling at the top where the second floor meets. One wanted to cut only half of the wall out and run the handrail to the wall a little lower than the ceiling. I don't want that so I wanted some other opinions or ideas. And yes we have an old house with a ton of closet space. Lol ! Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.
    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 8:18PM
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Hi Chrissy Kelly Simmons,

I think painting the stairway a bright color for example white, to let natural light reflect around the space from the window above. This will brighten up the area,
1 Like    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 9:31PM
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Ironwood Builders
Hi. Some structural considerations to be made, but if you have a big enough budget, the staircase can be built. Hiring a local architect or design/build firm will be necessary. Most contractors won't have the vision to embrace your ideas. Your stairs appear to be code minimum 36" wide, so the jog handrail will not allow enough room for a legal stair. The closet and wall back to the corner where it intersects the second floor must be torn out and the second floor joists from the closest bearing wall the front of the stairs must be cut to house a beam that runs from the (most likely, exterior) bearing wall to the corner of the opening for the existing stair well...but it needs to be moved to the outside of the stairs by a minimum of 5". The beam must be supported by a wall or post that transfers the weight to the foundation. Whatever rooms are above the stair well will necessarily be cut back the same 5". Essentially you will be tearing the center of the house apart and putting it back together. The staircase is then either demolished or scabbed on to to widen it by two inches. This allows room for the trim of the staircase to pass by the trim of the corner of the floor joists. Treads, risers, skirt boards, newel posts, handrails and balusters are then installed to complete the stair and the balustrade on the second floor. This is a complex and invasive project, most likely requiring you to find other living arrangements while it is in process. Expensive too.
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