removing basement stairs

mlou_51March 11, 2007

We have stairs going down into the basement from the kitchen and also stairs in the garage going down there. Our kitchen is 8 x 17 and we could add 3 ft or so if we take out the stairs and push the wall back. Has anyone else tried this? We never use the kitchen's steep and the garage ones are laid out much better. We have homemade varnished cabinets from the 60's and we're planning on stripping and painting them white. Sam's going to try to laminate or tile the countertops and add a sit at bar for the grandkids. Any ideals? mlou_51

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Have you checked that the 'stair' walls are not load bearing?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2007 at 9:49PM
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MLou...check into the remodeling or old house forum. They may have more structural info. Specifically for what is code in doing this since it involves bracing floors, removing walls, etc. I'd want that extra room too.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 9:35AM
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I do know it's not a load bearing wall. Checking into the other forum sounds like a good idea too. thanks, Mlou

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 8:46PM
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