Carpentry & Joinery Question

Altering stair box in small room

I have spent a bit of time researching this topic and have pretty much come to the conclusion that it can't be removed. In the corner of my room is the stair box and it is currently 3ft by 4ft.
So what I am hoping is that it can be made smaller. This way it doesn't take up as much room.
What I am wondering is, 1) is this possible? And 2) is it often expensive and time consuming? And lastly 3) could it be made into a wardrobe which doesn't take up half the room?
I am going to get quotes at the moment from local carpenters but wanted to check first to make sure it could be done using the wealth of knowledge which seems to be on this site!!
Thanks Danni

1 Answer

Best Answer

The 'stair box' is commonly known as a bulkhead. It is there to give you sufficent headroom as you travel up the stairs. Under current regulations the minimum headroom measured vertically off the line of nosing (edge of step) is 2m. Older houses tend to be a little lower than that without too much dentriment to the use of the stairs.

It is very unlikely that the bulkhead could be removed or reduced without moving/changing the stairs. Most people infill over the bulkhead to be used for storage or wardrobe zone.

hope that helps

Answered 16th Oct 2013

JLM Architecture Limited

Member since 5 Sep 2013

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