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Has anyone extended their boxroom by building over the stairs?
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Old 19-09-2010, 2:23 PM
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Default Has anyone extended their boxroom by building over the stairs?

Either by building a cupboard where the doors open from the bedroom, to act as a wardrobe. Our neighbours have done this but with the doors opening from the landing so the cupboard becomes a linen cupboard, for bedding and towels. Or by building so that a bed goes partly into that space, with cupboards/drawers underneath the bit of the bed that is in the main room bit.

What did you do? Did you need a builder?
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Old 19-09-2010, 2:38 PM
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good idea .. I like that A lot..

sometimes you need to utilise space as best as you can

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Old 19-09-2010, 2:53 PM
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Mine is in the bathroom, used to house a hot water cylinder but that was ripped out a few years ago. Now has boxes of junk (books etc) stacked up at the back and a shelving unit in front of those. (is about 2-3 feet off the floor) Loads of storage for towels, bedding etc and some shallow shelves going down to the floor for shampoo bottles etc. I've always thought if there was a different layout upstairs I'd have a bed built over it.
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Old 19-09-2010, 3:04 PM
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think you would have to get at least a six foot chap to walk up the stairs ./.and mark out where the top of his head is on each flight of the stairs...that will give you the best idea on how big you can get away with .

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think you would have to get at least a six foot chap to walk up the stairs ./.and mark out where the top of his head is on each flight of the stairs...that will give you the best idea on how big you can get away with .

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Yes have done this. I know it's not an issue to build the cupboard as both next door neighbours have done it, and once we had an architect round who said to do it, as it is otherwise wasted space, but we want it opening from a different side to suit a different purpose.

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We'd like to build a bed over it, which I have heard of other people doing, but have never seen one and not in exactly the same style house as myself.
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Old 19-09-2010, 3:19 PM
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if you put a bed in it ..its a whole different ball game ..you would then have to make some fancy arangement that hangs all the weight off the ceiling rafters ..usually the rafters in the roof space aint big enough ..unless you double them up ..

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think you would have to get at least a six foot chap to walk up the stairs ./.and mark out where the top of his head is on each flight of the stairs...that will give you the best idea on how big you can get away with .

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I wish - my husband's 6 foot 7!

We looked around a few houses to buy recently and had to disregard so many of them because of height clearance issues on the stairs in particular - while he's practiced at ducking, he still doesn't half bang his head on things on occasions!
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Old 19-09-2010, 4:05 PM
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our house is a typical 3 bed semi, c1935.
the stairs have very little headroom, (bathroom above). certainly anyone of normal height has to duck slightly.
my wife is ok though. shes 4ft 10.
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I wish - my husband's 6 foot 7!

We looked around a few houses to buy recently and had to disregard so many of them because of height clearance issues on the stairs in particular - while he's practiced at ducking, he still doesn't half bang his head on things on occasions!
Yes, I can see that would be awkward. However I intend staying here until at least my kids leave f-time education,if not longer and in the event of the only person prepared to offer on it being 6ft 7 if and when I do sell, I would offer to put it back to it's original state.
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Old 19-09-2010, 4:41 PM
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Current building regs will dictate the height of headroom you need above the stairs.

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Current building regs will dictate the height of headroom you need above the stairs.

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You MUST have at least 2 metres clearance above every step.
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In case it helps people searching like I just did, and finding this post, here is a link to one person's record of just such a project

http://moregeous.wordpress.com/2011/...k-over-stairs/
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