Basement Bedroom Door Framing


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Old 10-14-23, 11:52 AM
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Basement Bedroom Door Framing

I'm looking at ideas for framing in bedroom door in the basement. I don't have much clearance at the bottom of steps and I'm not able to modify the stairs at all. I thought about installing wall at 45 and putting in door, but it would be too tight.
I than thought about bumping wall into room, which would work, but then I'm losing quite a bit of space in the bedroom.

The only option I see working would be a pocket door?

I'm looking to minimize space impact of bedroom, while still being practical.

The room on the other end is my home theater.

hopefully this makes sense.






 
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Old 10-14-23, 12:19 PM
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Building code specifies the area at the bottom of the stairs must be a minimum of 36", which is usually equal to the width of the stairs. So your only code compliant option is to turn your last stair tread into a landing to increase that space. If you turn left off that landing and step down you would then need another 36" before you reach the door in your drawing.
 
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I'm not able to turn bottom step into landing, this was my original idea. I don't have the headroom to do so. Code states I need 6'8" of headroom, if i turn bottom of steps into a landing I would only have 6'4".

I was thinking of removing that section of wall in front of the steps at the bottom and using a pocket door for the bedroom.

That way I would get my 36" code requirement met at bottom of steps. Only downside is that only leaves me 1/2" of room. So no room for adding insulation, paneling, or anything to keep it warm and make it look finished.
 
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Old 10-14-23, 02:29 PM
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Then you probably don't have 80" of vertical headroom as you come down the stairs either... a non conforming stairway.
 
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I never checked this. The house was built in the early 1950's and the steps are grandfathered in if I don't mess with them.

Vertical headroom is 81 1/2" at the back of the step and 76 1/2" from the nosing of the step. I believe code for my area is 76", so it just makes it
 
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If it's 76" then you have no problem building a landing at the bottom.
 
 

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