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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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A frame-and-panel box, dressed up with molding, creates an elegant anchor for a stairwayby Gary Striegler
Using readily available materials and on-site carpentry techniques to build a tasteful staircaseby Alexander Brennen
Raised MDF panels and stock moldings bring this elegant trim detail to the rest of the houseby Gary Striegler
A pitch-block jig and a deadman stand are two keys in transforming a jumble of parts into a continuous handrail
A pro shares a framing method for high-performance stairs that resist cracking, shrinking, and warpingby Rick Arnold
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