New Shop #4: We have access (the stairs are in)

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Blog entry by johnstoneb posted 06-01-2013 12:31 PM 1598 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: The loft that almost wasn't Part 4 of New Shop series Part 5: Finished (more or less) »

When I first started planning this shop, I was going to access the loft with a ladder. The size of the loft didn’t merit anything more. Once the changes in the building were made I began to think about a pull down ladder style access. I have one of those in my garage and it works better than a ladder. When the building was actually built and I saw the actual size of the loft. It was evident that I needed full-time easy access to fully utilize the space. I will lose some space to the stairs but the pull down ladder still requires a clear space under it. I’m going to lose some space whether I like it or not. The bigger problem was the height of the ceiling and the available run. I had almost a 10’ rise and less than 9’ for the run and that 9’ started at a wall and there was an electrical service at that point I also needed access to. I was actually looking at about 7’ actual run. It finally came to me that if I put a landing in I would get the stairs to a reasonable angle, maintain access to the electrical and actually gain back some useable floor space in the process. I ended up with a stair that had a 7.25” run and an 8” rise, not the ideal angle but it would give easy access and not be too steep.

The landing is in.

stringers partially in

treads partially in.

stairs complete.


view from the top down.

I still need to put in railings on the stair and in the loft that will come after tapeing and painting. I can use this loft now for something besides just storage. It increases the useable space in my shop by 2/3’s and I gained a little space on the main floor also.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 06-01-2013 01:17 PM

Well done. It’s a great improvement to the shop space.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 06-01-2013 02:57 PM

Putting in a mid landing was certainly a good way to get a safer pitch to your stairs and make access to your loft easier. Very nice work, you are getting there. Have you given any thought to your handrails yet?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 06-01-2013 04:17 PM

very nice,glad to see it coming together for you.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 06-01-2013 07:15 PM

Congrats, things almost always work for a reason

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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