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Commercial Stair Design – Guidelines, Criteria and Dimensions

by Sean O'Hara June 10, 2016

After seeing the popularity of my post on Residential Stair Design, I thought it made sense to explain the guidelines from the 2006 International Building Code for commercial buildings and common stairs in buildings with more than two dwelling units. It is much more complex […]

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Residential Stair Design – Guidelines, Criteria and Dimensions

by Sean O'Hara January 24, 2015

I received a question about stair width from one of our clients and thought it made sense to clarify the typical stair design rules for houses. These are the rules that are in the 2006 International Residential Code. Stairways have to be at least 36″ […]

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Ramps that Don’t Require Handrails, Slope and Rise

by Sean O'Hara January 18, 2015

The International Building Code and the American’s with Disability Act set the rules for ramps in new construction and remodels. In most cases you need to have handrails on both sides, but there are a few ways to avoid handrails. The first way is to […]

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