Can you help? Fancy stairs ? any lisps around that may help or stair
specialists ?
I am working on my own home design. I am stuck with the stairs. 1st to 2nd
floor is exactly 10 feet vertically between. 2nd to 3rd is exactly 8 feet
vertically between
The width is 12 feet
I am trying to do a common set of stairs that splits (like a Y) after a few
steps and then curves and goes up the sides of the second floor stairs. The
second floor stairs go in the opposite direction of the split first set of
I hope that makes some sense

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Are you actually going to build them, or are you just fooling around?
Stairs are heavily regulated by building codes in Canada. In the OBC it is in Part 9 Section 8. Stairs are tricky, and I know of no shortcuts. Curved ones trickier still.
12 feet sounds like its on a stage set for a musical!
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Michael Bulatovich
Codes are pretty singent in the US also. Design is somewhat constrained by them. Not to say there is no room for originality. Just a bit of work to do and stay in code.
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On the other hand....... 10' elev. @ 7" rise =17.14 steps 10' elev. @ 7.5" rise =16 steps 10' elev. @ 7.75" rise =15.48 steps 10' elev. @ 8" rise =15 steps
8' elev. @ 7" rise =13.71 steps.........Last/First step would be 4.97" rise ////.71 x 7" 8' elev. @ 7.5" rise =12.8 steps.........Last/First step would be 6" rise ////.8 x 7.5" 8' elev. @ 7.75" rise =12.38 steps.........Last/First step would be 2.945" rise ////.38 x 7.75" 8' elev. @ 8" rise =12 steps
Not really a problem with the concept as far as I can see. Just (probably) going to have to meet code as the others stated. I "think" US code (commercial) is 7.5" rise +/- 1/4" by 11" deep. Kind of a crap shoot as far as I can see.........You pretty much 'adjust' to the 1st or 2nd step but really do notice if the first couple of steps are not traditional. (From bottom or top)
"Assuming" I haven't screwed up my figures above, you might want to look @ going to an 8" rise to keep uniform in the house. ("If allowed by code") If all else fails, you could always put in an elevator...........
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Dan Deckert
The stair section of our provincial (~state) code prevents much originality, especially when it comes to "guards" (short 'walls' stopping you from falling off). From a visual design point of view, guards are most of what you see in a stair.
Typical stair geometry is confined but fairly reasonably, unless you buy those traditional rules about rise and run, which I do, in which case all kinds of awful stairs are permitted. For example, it's completely legal to do a 7-7/8" rise with a 14" run, or one with a 4-7/8" rise with an 8-1/4" run. These are both hazards in my opinion. We have a graph on the wall outlining the "sweet spot" in stair geometry within code limits, but further limited by 3 algebraic rules. We aim for the sweet spot if we can, in all designs.
I've custom designed a few completely custom stairs in Ontario, and there is hardly a more frustrating section of the code.
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one still on the web. I've done very traditional ones too.
Unless the work is of a law-abiding architect/designer, if you see a stair featured in a glossy magazine up here, and it is meant to showcase someone's creativity, it is usually illegal in one obvious way or more, and probably done without a permit. It drives me nuts.
The code actually protects a new-born baby's head (4"/100mm) from being insert into openings in most guards. New-borns can't even roll over, so we are really protecting the public from baby-killers. No one asks why such a person doesn't just toss the baby over the guard, or squish them in-between two treads where the risers are open, (which also still legal to do- the open risers not the squishing) which can have a clear opening of up to 7".
I admit that I'm no expert in baby-killers rules of conduct, but I imagine them to be fairly practical, resourceful people....
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Michael Bulatovich
Thanks to all but I think now I am going to go with spit stairs.
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Can we see them? Can you post a sketch?
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User will probably post it i hope the basic drawing was sent according to the dimensions supplied.
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