Crazy basement stair idea
In trying to design a pretty small (1200') house with everything we want, the basement stairs keep getting in the way. A friend said, "Why not put them outside?" Well, I didn't like that idea much, since we will use the basement regularly, until it dawned on me that I could enclose an outside stairway. Since it's a walk-out basement (in the back) and the back wall will be frame construction, I can simply add a bump-out (about 8'X8') to encase the stairs. I could put a landing halfway down to an outside door to get to the backyard, and could add windows for light and interest. It may look a little funny, but few people will ever see the back of our house, and we don't care. Anyone see a down-side to this idea? I've certainly never seen a stairway like it!