previous
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Radiant Heat Comparison
    Radiant Heat Comparison
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Remodeling Articles
    Remodeling Articles
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
next
Pin It

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.

Plus get a free gift
Become a Fine Homebuilding Member and get 3 months free. Offer ends 1/30/15 Start your free trial now