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The Basics: How to Build an Open Staircase

The Basics: How to Build an Open Staircase

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April 16, 2008

Knowing how to build an open staircase is a skill that can easily serve a home owner.  However, there is a lot of preparation and skill that goes into this type of project; so for those who only consider themselves "weekend home remodelers" this is probably something that they can figure out with the help of some of the resources available like books and websites and even the knowledge of the people at the local home remodeling store.  But for those people who do not generally use their hammers and screwdrivers, it might be a good idea to leave knowing how to build an open staircase to the professionals.

Building a staircase is not altogether that difficult when you look at the project.  The idea is simply getting a staircase from one level of your home to another.  But the issues come in determining the rise and run of the stairs.  The rise of the staircase is how tall the stairs are, and the run of the staircase is how long the stairs are.  This is of course determined by how high your upper level is from the lower level you are trying to connect it to.

How to Build an Open Staircase

For the interior of a home, this is going to be a lot more complicated than knowing how to build an open staircase on the exterior of your home.  Knowing how to build an open staircase inside your home will also depend on the amount of room you have for the run of the staircase.  This will figure into the rise and will help you determine how many stairs you will need for the staircase.  However, it may also confound your original plans if you don't take that into consideration.

For the exterior of your home, the run of the staircase usually doesn't matter too much.  For example, if you are determining how to build an open staircase for a deck or for a porch, you will only really need to know the distance between the ground level and the deck or porch's upper level.  Then you will need to take the local building codes for rise and run into consideration and start building. 

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