Straight staircase to dogleg - can it be done?

Postby katyakita » Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:28 am

I have a 1930s 3 bed semi with a straight staircase. This leaves me with a tiny bathroom at the top and I propose to turn the top 3 stairs to the right to create a dog leg.
I have had numerous carpenters and joiners out all tell me different things!!
One said this is perfectly possible and that he can turn the top 3 and alter the bulkhead to accomodate the new stairs.
Another man said - i would have to move the whole staircase forward and loose space downstairs to create winder stairs at the top - not ideal as my front door wouldnt open fully!!
Unfortunately I'm on a budget and the 1st option is much more apealing, but i'm worried about safety - will it weaken the stairs or is this feesable?
Has anyone done this to existing stairs before?

Any advise is greatly appreciated!!
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Postby stoneyboy » Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:33 pm

If you are going to turn the top 3 steps the you will have to have a landing so won't gain any space.
If you are going to replace the top 3 teps with a winder section you still won't gain any space.
Either way the stringers of the existing stairs will have to be supported.
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Postby katyakita » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:47 pm

Thank you for your promt reply!
I do gain space - the stairs are turned to the right at the 9th step up allowing me to rebuild a wall where effectively my 13th step previously came to.
However, my issue is not about space gain - it is whether it is safe, possible and recommended to cut into existing stairs and re-build them?
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