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1victorianfarmhouse 01-02-2014 09:42 PM

Replacing Porch Stairs, Sizing Questions
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Happy New Year!

About 50-60 years ago, the original wood stairs to the main porch of my 1895 house were replaced with a concrete grouping from another building.

The concrete stairs are crumbling, the rails are loose, and the whole thing never never fit well anyway. It is an eyesore, and dangerous.

The rest of the porch was rebuilt nicely about 10-12 years ago, and is in nice shape. I just sanded the floor and repainted it this past fall.

This spring, I want to tackle demolition of the concrete eyesore and building of a proper set of wood stairs and railings that fit the space. I have some old pictures that show what the original stairs looked like in the 1930s. 5 steps...

Problem is, today we have codes to adhere to. The porch is 45" high, the total run is 65". I think the max code height per stair is 7.75", max depth is 10".

Before I go designing anything, I want to get an idea what to expect from the building inspectors when I present plans. How do they usually deal with the dimensions above?

Attached picture of the concrete eyesore is a few years ago, when it looked better. It's worse now.

Comments welcome and greatly appreciated!

As always, thanks!

1victorianfarmhouse 01-02-2014 09:55 PM

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For those who might wonder, here is a photo of the front porch in 1938. The side porch was the same, but wider. The girl in the picture still lives in town. I wish my memory of 40 years ago was as good as hers of 70 years ago!


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