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09:07AM | 02/28/03
Member Since: 02/27/03
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Hi, I am trying to figure out a way to access my attic. It has a door that opens up into it and automatically locks in place when fully opened. I would like to keep it this way. I am wanting to use the attic as a family room but have limited space for a permanent stair. I looked at other attic access ladders and they have the fold down door which I am not partial to. Is there any way that I can install a attic access ladder that I want?


01:14PM | 02/28/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
I remember many, many years ago living in a house that had attic access via a full flight of stairs that was hinged to the ceiling frame at the top, and raised and lowered by a rather large but easy to use block and tackle, complete with 1" rope. But I'm not sure that's what you're seeking.

One suggestion before you go too far with your design would be to talk to the local building inspectors or authorities having jurisdiction. You might be surprised to find that they may frown upon habitable space being accessible only by a folding or removable stairway...and that being the only access. This may be an issue that the local Fire Department may have a problem with for life/safety code reasons.


04:09AM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 05/13/02
9 lifetime posts
How about a spiral staircase ??


04:35AM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
Treebeard is right about checking out the rules first. A neighbor of mine built a house from plans found in a magazine, then was required by the inspector to add a door and outside stairway to the 2nd floor.
In most attics, this would be of particular concern because attics usually don't have windows -- no way out if there's a fire.


10:17AM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 02/27/03
2 lifetime posts
A spiral staircase would be much to big. I have limited room. the entry for the attic is in the ceiling in my laundry room just off the kitchen. it is in the hall and the basement door opens up in front of it. It is pretty hard to explain the configuration of my house.

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