Asked on Jan 10, 2019

How to remove stairs?

Mar7331663BmasecarJanet
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We live in a 100 year old house. The attic is not fixed and we will never go up there. The stairs are small in width and many are cracked so we want to remove stairs and use for storage as it is closed up by a door. How do we remove the stairs. there is a wood piece on top of the stair steps and don't know how to get behind it to remove so we can remove stairs I don't see any nails Any help

6 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on Jan 10, 2019

    Hello there,

    Call in a builder to help you decide if it is a job you really need to do! He will give a price and time it will take and if you ask will tell you what he would intend to do.

    Get more than one builder to come along. Then you should have all the information you require to either get him to do it, or do it yourself, or leave well alone etc........

    • Rose Brady
      on Jan 12, 2019

      I got a price of $300 but some of the other comments has retracting the idea of taking them out

  • William
    on Jan 10, 2019

    Check your local building codes. You may not be able to remove the stairs. If anything was to occur to the roof or attic access to the attic is needed. You homeowners insurance can also be cancel for lack of safety issues.

    • Rose Brady
      on Jan 12, 2019

      Thanks William I had not considered that. All that is in the attic is insulation and both my husband and I are too old to fix up and do stairs. However I am now thinking of maybe taking half of the step and making an extension of the step with wood and a wood brace under it just so I can use it for storage and I am leaving the stairs in tack

  • Janice
    on Jan 11, 2019

    Hi Rose, I agree that you should perhaps get a building contractor or two to look at what you are thinking of ding with your stairs. You may find that they are a part of the support system for the attic and roof. Best to get a pro to take a look and discuss what might be done and how. Then you can decide if you can tackle it yourself if it's safe to do so.

    • Rose Brady
      on Jan 12, 2019

      Thank Janice that was something I had not considered but am leaving the stairs and maybe just building out half of some the stairs with wood and a wood brace so I can use it for storage


  • Janet
    on Jan 11, 2019

    If it is an original part of the house, why would you remove them? Never remove an original part of an old house like that unless it is a hazard. Put your money and effort into fixing them and making them a pretty asset to the home.


  • Bmasecar
    on Jan 12, 2019

    HI Rose, quick question. What is behind/under the stairs. is it a set of stairs running down to a main floor or basement? If not are you using the space under them already? It is not likely they are structural if there are walls on both sides of the stairs, but to be sure call a contractor to check it out for you if you do not know how to do that yourself. You will probably need a building permit, and will need to leave an access to the attic space.

    • Rose Brady
      on Jan 12, 2019

      Thanks Bmasecar Yes I am using behind the stairs already and just wanted to use the steps for Christmas decorations. But after reading some of the comments I decided to leave the stairs and maybe building out half of some of the steps to put storage on it but the step would be wider on half of it. cost may make me say forget it

  • Mar7331663
    on Jan 12, 2019

    A sawsaw will remove the board. You can put an attic drop stairs in and then build your closet. Take the risers off first and then that will tell you more about load bearing or not. If the stringers are part of the structural support which I doubt leave them and put up a closet door

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