staircase landing and tread depth
My DH and I are debating if it would be better to increase a staircase tread depth or increase the landing size at the bottom of the staircase (it is an either or as the house has been framed so no more inches available). If we go for a slightly deeper tread depth (I think it was to be 10" which exceeds code), than we are left with a landing of 43" square at the bottom. From this landing you can turn right into a great room, or left into a short hallway that leads to a laundry room and bathroom. We want to be able to grow old in this house and you never know what mobility issues might come our way in the future (i.e. needing a chair lift). Also, we want to minimize tripping on the way down the stairs as the 14 steps are a straight run (carpeting on steps, but hardwood at landing). We have four kids so don't want them tripping either.
Please let us know if you have any opinions to offer.