DIYer question on stairs and codes and aesthetics…oh my.
Here are the stairs:
These stairs are going to be carpeted. My decorator says the stairs would look better without the nosing on the tread, ie a ‘waterfall’ as she calls it. I agree.
So can I cut off the nosing? Currently the depth of the steps is 10 3/8″ give or take an 1/8″. The nose of the treads sticks out 1 1/4″. So removing the nosing takes the depth down to 9″ minimum. I suspect stair depth codes are fairly standard (ie, my local inspector won’t have some non-standard minimum) but my handy “house framing” reference book says a stair should have minimum 3/4″ nosing. Of course I’ll confirm the codes before doing anything, but I’m curious about if it might be a bad idea to remove the nosing for some other reason. What do you think?