JAG70 Posted April 27, 2021 Report Share Posted April 27, 2021 Hi. I have a ranch built in 1972 in NC that has a 10x6 porch projecting off the front. This porch landing is 38" above ground on one side and about 52" on the other. It has never had a rail, but I will need to do one now that I am about to complete a remodel on the interior. Challenges I have are that the landing is about 3" below the new main egress door. To address this I plan to lay sleepers and install a nice composite over the well-seated tile surface. I will also be replacing the old brick stairs and installing decorative railing and a handrail. As we are planning this work, my contractor has suggested we could soften (so to speak) the projecting porch appearance by creating step down landings off each side of the porch. Due to the furnace HVAC fresh air intake/exhaust (on the right of the porch in the pic) he's proposing the first landing be 23" down. So as not to interfere with the furnace vent he is not planning to install a step, saying the height differences between these landings can be up to 24" since the main stairs are the egress - he mentioned this is common on multi-tier decks. I am wondering if you experts agree? He's said if the inspector had a problem with it he would come back and add a couple 36" wide steps between each landing, but I'm unclear how we would do that with the HVAC vent there. Wouldn't steps be required no matter what? I am attaching a "current" pic and a mockup of what I'm describing as I know my description is not that great. TYIA. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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