Attic access

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I have attic access in a hallway but it has very little storage area because of AC and furnace and the pull down stairs were installed backwards. You have to be an acrobat to get up into the attic.
I want to put another set of stairs in the front part of the house, maybe the laundry room? If they can be installed there.
How do I find out if I can put pull down stairs in that location?
Also what would be a ballpark cost to do this project
Thanks for the help.
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  • MagnoliaMama MagnoliaMama on Dec 22, 2014
    Have you talked with anyone about taking the pull-down stairs out and turning them around before reinstalling them? That would be the simplest solution. Or, remove those stairs, sheetrock the opening, and reuse the same stairs in another part of the house. Then the labor would be almost your only cost, aside from sheetrock and minimal framing. Make sure that the stairs would align with the ceiling joists because they are designed to fit between them.
    • Dee Dee on Dec 22, 2014
      @Mama's Miracle Linen Soak I need to reverse the stairs in the hall, but I also want to add another pull down stair case in an area where I can actually have storage.
  • Love tiny spaces! Love tiny spaces! on Dec 22, 2014
    I had to replace my pull down not too long ago because a spring broke and it was cheaper to get new than fix! That was about 125 I think. I had my local hardware store order it and they had someone who could install for me but I don't remember what that was. It is a pain to take out and drywall patch and make it look good unless you are redoing ceiling anyway. I also had about 125 sf of plywood put down in the original install. So that's lots of storage for Christmas and out of season stuff!
  • Stefeni Engebritson Stefeni Engebritson on Dec 22, 2014
    Contact a contractor (building) or handyman that offers free quotes and have them come out and give you an estimation. Be sure to check their credentials with BBB before you sign up for any work though.
  • Dee Dee on Dec 22, 2014
    I guess I will need to contact a contractor, because neither myself nor my husband want to tackle this project. I just do not know the code or clearance necessary to install pull down stair.
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    • Dee Dee on Dec 22, 2014
      @Gail Salminen Thanks for that important reminder.
  • Nancy Jenkins Nancy Jenkins on Dec 22, 2014
    There must have been pull down stairs way before I bought this house ,to attic, lots of space for storage. Would like to get it sprayed insulated on walls and ceilings but costly. Maybe Habitiat Restore has a pull down ladder. I have brick chimney up there and 2x4 work someone did along lower part of ceilings. Would love to get up there and get it insulated and cozy or for storing boxes from basement.