I'm a first time home-buyer under contract for a home that has the basement staircase positioned about 3 feet directly in front of the back door. I would like to figure out how to put some kind of door at the top of the stairs to prevent someone inadvertenly slipping and falling down the stairs (say when they come inside on a wet day). With kids and dogs in the house it seems like a safety issue I should address.
The challenge is how to fit a door at the top of the stairs at minimal cost and which will create minimal interference with the back door opening as it should. So far the most likely solution seems to be a dutch barn door opening inwards (towards the stairs), but I would really prefer it open outward so that in case someone does fall against it there is a lower chance of it comming open. I'll attach pictures of the area as it is now as well as a photo of a dutch barn door that I think may work.
Would like opinions of anyone who's interested. Aside from costs and issues I might not be aware of, one burning question I have is does the door need to mounted to a stud behind the drywall (I would think yes). If there is no stud in the right location, what is the next best solution? A total remodel of this area isn't in my budget. What would you do to make it safer? What should be the cost to do something like this? How involved of a project would it be to install a "real" door in this location? The ceiling is quite high and I imagine would have to be brought down in order to frame a standard door. Interested in creative solutions others have employed in similar situations.
Thanks in adavance!