Floor Hatch Basement Access - Any Ideas??

karen_in_caAugust 17, 2007

Hi all, we are excavating under our post and pier house to make our crawlspace deeper (7') and pouring a concrete slab so that we can use that space for storage. We currently have access to our crawlspace from a door in our foundation, however this door will end up under a deck so access to our crawlspace will be difficult from this door. We had our architect design a floor hatch (inside the house)in our soon-to-be newly created hallway and he indicated having a ship's ladder to access the basement. We liked this idea because this allowed us access to the crawlspace without having to go outside.

My question is: has anyone ever seen a floor hatch access to a basement space? And is a ship's ladder something specific that I can purchase premade? Or is it simply a very steeply constructed set of stairs?

I was hoping that I could find something premade along the lines of the attic ladder stairs that come premade where you pull down the hatch and the stairs drop down. Does anyone know of something like this but for a basement?

Thanks in advance,


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Run a search on "loft ladder" or "space saving stairs" and you can find all sorts of modular and premade stairs.

Here is a link that might be useful: Here's a good place to start

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 8:22AM
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Hello Karen in CA,
I saw a thread you started awhile back and I am wondering if you ever found a solution?

I have see a few interesting hatch designs

I would like to take an existing basement access and regain the square footage with a hatch design.

Did you ever use the ship ladder or a hatch?


    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 3:03PM
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