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Forum topic by SevenPin posted 04-12-2015 11:55 AM 829 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2015 11:55 AM

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Morning everyone!

I have an unfinished basement that I’m converting to my Basement Shop. I have framed out the most of the walls and I am now at the stairway that goes back up into the house. I would love to hear (or see) how you installed a doorway into the shop. My stairs exit into the shop about in to the middle and the walls on either side run back towards the back wall (almost into the middle of the basement but not quite). Have you installed a door right at the base of the stairs or did you create a landing then put the door up?


SevenPin (aka Rick Ehlers)

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#1 posted 04-12-2015 12:03 PM

I don’t have a basement, but just thinking about it, you need the door at least a couple feet past the last step don’t you?

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#2 posted 04-12-2015 12:07 PM

I would say you need a big enough landing to at least stand in at the door. That way the door knob will be at the same level on both sides when you reach for it.

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#3 posted 04-12-2015 12:31 PM

So is your shop going to be a large ‘C’ with the staircase intruding on it when you look at the overhead floor plan? If so, I’d change your stairs with a landing mid height and have it turn 90 degrees. If that’s your only entry into the space that might make getting materials and equipment down there a bit more difficult.

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#4 posted 04-12-2015 02:05 PM

Mine is at the top of the stairs. Opens OUT into the house. Nice feature in case of a fire.

Mine also has a lot of shelves in the stairwell. There is an old door that lays down over the stairwell to let one reach all the shelves. Then it is just stowed alng one side, using hinges and a BIG hook.

No door at the bottom, would be to dark in there. Something coming down the steps, IF it were to “get away” from you, would then crash a door at the bottom. Bad for the item ( sheet of plywood) and bad on the door….

Someday, I will add sound insulation to the basement side of the door…...”Blue Streak Cussing” proof kind.

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#5 posted 04-12-2015 03:10 PM

Thanks for the replies.

dhazelton—I already have a landing (part of the original house plan) and I’ve already discovered what a PITA it is getting material downstairs. I would love to have a straight star case but all the mechanicals are in that direction.

Bandit—I like that idea. I could replace the door at the top of the stairs with a “solid” door w/ weatherstripping to keep more of the dust contained. Maybe I could create an insulated door at the bottom that would be closed while sawdust is being made and opened for material / project movement. Hmmm, gotta noodle on that a little while.

Thanks all.


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