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Designing stairs for an addition

Start with a top-down approach, then choose a shape that lands in a good spot

If you are planning to add a second floor to your house, then you need to consider adding stairs. Architect Paul DeGroot offers his advice on best ideas for stair size, placement, and location. DeGroot says that stairs are best in the center of the proposed plan, not at an end. An end location for stairs requires a long hallway to access living spaces on the second floor, whereas a centrally located stair allows living spaces to pinwheel off the stair. DeGroot also says that stairs require a source of daylight, whether from a window, skylight, or light monitor. He also offers advice on landing design and placement.

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