Question about Adding Attic Stairs

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Old 10-29-17, 04:46 PM
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Question about Adding Attic Stairs

I would like to add attic stars to my garage attic. My concern is the location of the existing scuttle access. It is at the back of the garage against the wall. If I add stairs, I would have to step to the left or right to enter the attic. I can't step forward, because I have a vaulted ceiling in my family room. When I go into the attic, the area directly in front is inaccessible. I assume that, worst case scenario, I could move the attic access location.
 
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Old 10-30-17, 12:07 AM
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So, what is the question?
 
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.... and why would moving the location be the worst case scenario? It's not that difficult to patch the ceiling and IMO having the stairs is the best location should be a priority.
 
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.... and why would moving the location be the worst case scenario? It's not that difficult to patch the ceiling and IMO having the stairs is the best location should be a priority.
I should have phrased that better. I know that if I move the attic opening, I will have to cut a joist. Since a joist was already cut for the original access, I wasn't sure if that's bad structurally.
 
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Is it possible to sister the original cut joist & cut the second joist, for the new location?
 
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You need to provide some useful information in order for us to answer. If your ceiling / roof is made of trusses, the attic access must go between the trusses... because you don't cut or alter trusses. If it is framed with dimensional lumber, (rafters and ceiling joists) it's likely the opening can be modified to be made larger, or moved entirely. In most cases it's best if the stairs will be parallel to the joists. So it's possible that your stairs might need to be turned 90 degrees instead of cutting an additional joist. Pictures and dimensions would help.
 
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