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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 10:55 am 
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Hi, I hope someone could help. Planning to purchase property
and in the bedroom is huge staircase bulkhead which takes half of the room. What can we do to minimize the space? Replacing staircase for spiral one- maybe 90/180 degree winder would be a solution? Changing floor layout?
Is it possible to do this job at all? What costs we would face and how long would this take? Regards, Nat.


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Hell of a cost to replace the staircase and in the main it will devalue the property as spirals are a nuisance in many ways. Judge the head clearance when going up stairs to see if the boxing in can be reduced. Walk away, and find something else if not.

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dewaltdisney wrote:
Hell of a cost to replace the staircase and in the main it will devalue the property as spirals are a nuisance in many ways. Judge the head clearance when going up stairs to see if the boxing in can be reduced. Walk away, and find something else if not.

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Thanks dewaltdisney,

What would the rough cost of replacing and reducing the box be?
Since the property is a good value it might be a worth doing the changes. Maybe with a 90/180 winder?


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Have a look here http://www.stairplan.co.uk/winderplan.htm. Finger in the air bespoke price would be about £4k I reckon. Getting your own chippy and planning and sourcing the staircase would be cheaper. Work with a time served chippy from the start if you go this route. Do not be tempted on a spiral they are awful in my opinion. Shortening the pitch to gain the room you want might be tricky.

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Seems to me after a quick look that where the staircase is at present is the lesser of evils. It's going to take up room somewhere, and at least where it is takes up the least of the actual living space.
If you're planning on using the bedroom(s) just for sleeping, then how much room do you need? If you have children then that may be different.
One thought is if there are similar properties around that have been modernised, how have they been done?
I reckon you're looking at an expensive job there though, for little actual gain. I don't know how much money, but it's fairly major stuff.
Like DWD I'd find another property.



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Thank you both for your feedback. I was thinking of building a wardrobe or storage but the slope is very big not sure how it would look.

Will think about it... maybe swerve this one


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Is all that head room necessary? From you pictures it looks like floor to ceiling height is quite good and I would have thought that the overhead intrusion could be made smaller and you could engineer some storage with a sort of step arrangement? That cover is not load bearing in the main and you could play around with some studwork and plasterboard to make it work. Easy for us to say I guess.


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i would check the wall to wall size off bedroom 3 as its looks close to being too small to be called a bedroom making it a two bed property

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