Removing Basement Landing


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Old 08-23-14, 03:17 PM
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Removing Basement Landing

As part of my basement remodeling project, I want to remove a 2' landing from the existing basement staircase. If I do that, do I have to replace the entire existing staircase or can I somehow add on the last three steps back into the existing staircase structure? Thanks.
 
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Old 08-23-14, 04:21 PM
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Most likely you won't have enough room to add 3 steps, since the tread width alone would be up to 33". Of course we can't see what you are seeing, so if you could post a picture or two, it may help.
 
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Do you have the room to remove the landing? Often/usually a landing is done to change the direction of the stairs so you don't run into a wall.
 
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Old 08-23-14, 04:58 PM
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Yes, there is plenty of room. the landing seemed very unnecessary.Name:  photo2.jpg
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Pictures are worth their weight. Yes, you can eliminate the ugly landing and extend your staircase. With that said, you need to support the new stringers and tie them into the existing ones so the steps will flow and won't move. I would have never expected a landing in the middle of the room, rather at the end of a hallway.
 
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Thanks. I'm not sure why they added the landing. Just decorative? (but ugly...)Name:  photo2.jpg
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Ok, thanks. sorry for the duplicate photos. I had lag...
one more question since the photos are up. I had the idea to remove the side diagonal panels on the main staircase and once I remove the carpet, was going to buy some new treads and have them extend slightly over the edges. Do I need that diagonal piece?
 
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Old 08-24-14, 02:49 AM
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If you don't use the skirt board, you will have raw edges of your treads and risers showing, along with the cavity beneath them
 
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I assume the landing/turn was used so they could better use the room that is in front of the stairs. Maybe they wanted to stick a couch or something in that spot. I can't believe they didn't install a railing on the landing The treads off of the landing look a little short, how deep are they? how tall are the risers? do they match the rest of the staircase?
 
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Old 08-25-14, 04:18 AM
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I had to take the railing down in order to move some bigger items in/out of the basement. The landing actually turns into a wall, making it very tight to get by. the area in front of the steps is a much larger space. I will have to measure all of that to see if I can reuse any of the material in my fix of the original steps. Thanks.
 
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Wow that is indeed strange... you have to wonder, why did they do that? Any chance there was once a wall there??
It looks like changing it to straight would only stick out a hair farther into the room.

Is that an air duct under the stairs on the right side as you go up? May ned to be cognizant of what's under there as you plan the reconstruction.
 
 

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