Construction Error and trip hazard

redeye2010June 3, 2010

I completed a family room addition to our home a couple of years ago. We asked the contractor to make a half step down to the room from the adjoining dining room. When done and the hardwood floor laid, the "step" ended up being about 2 inches, just enough to trip over coming in and going out. I have had several contractors look at it but no good ideas yet. Currently, we have installed some small LED lights under the lip of the "step" so when leaving the family room you see the step, at night anyhow. Coming into the room you can't see the step. My guests have nearly fallen before and I am constantly having to warn them to watch their step. -- Short of making the contractor start over, I am at a loss. Ideas??

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Not enough info. I understand it's covered in hard woods but what is underneath? Concete, wood framing? The answer to that would determine which way to go as far as removal or modification.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 3:01PM
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Could you have a 'ramp' installed instead, with a very gradual slope, and a railing alongside? I think that would be safer, and probably the least expensive option.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 3:50PM
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The family room floor is above a basement room built at the same time. There is a poured foundation and then wood framing on top of that supporting the floor. Tearing it out isn't an option. The opening between the dining area and the family room was once a double sliding door to the old deck so the doorway where this "step" is is very wide.

I thought about the ramp idea as well but then you would have to come out too far into the room plus the ramp itself would present its own hazards.

Keep thinking, I appreciate your ideas!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 7:44AM
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Raise the entire floor and make it level. Why a half step in the first place?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 8:38AM
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The half step down was the spouses idea, what can I say?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 8:58AM
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Build another floor on top of the existing one and make it level with the doorway. Use spacers to elevate the new floor. The new floor will need a subfloor (on top of the spacers) similar to the existing floor.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 2:39AM
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Could you change the color of the flooring to a different hardwood stain so there's a strip about 4" alerting guests to a difference in levels? Or change out the flooring altogether in one of the rooms.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 8:17PM
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