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Practical staircase design

Practical staircase design, from experience & not from books, where space is enough.

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While 5" works, especially outside, 6 1/2 to 7" works better I think. The 5" will add more risers than needed for comfortable climbing. This is a general statement of course. Certain disabilities or conditions may prefer a lower riser height.

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Riser height is generally given as a range in the local building codes. 5" risers are not allowed here unless the steps using them qualify in size as landings. I had to deal with that once on a walkway for an elderly lady who used a walker in a retirement community. Variances can sometimes be issued for good cause, but must be altered back to code norms before selling the property. In general terms 7" to 7 3/4" is a good riser range to work within and will meet code anywhere.


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Same codes in my city.

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