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Stairs - Within a room?

  • 29-01-2022 5:48pm
    Registered Users Posts: 31 ArtieBucco

    Hi all,

    Was wondering if its possible to place or have a staircase leading down from first floor (corridor and landing in place) into a room on ground floor, for example a kitchen/dining space. Would it be a fire regulation concern? Would it be a bad design feature in your opinions?

    picture attached to show what i am thinking of?



  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 16,635 Mod ✭✭✭✭ DOCARCH

    It's fine, as far as I can recall, as long as it's not a kitchen and bottom of stairs is within 4 metres of an external door (for escape purposes). That's from to correction on that!

  • Registered Users Posts: 677 ✭✭✭ radiotrickster

    My partner and I are in the process of buying a house and I'm certain that when we were viewing houses at the beginning, we saw a home with a similar layout to the second image.

    I'm not an official or anything but I can't imagine there are regulations against it outside of what the above poster has said.

  • Registered Users Posts: 31 ArtieBucco

    Thanks guys, just that someone asked my opinion on having stairs leading down from their master bedroom into their open plan kitchen/dining space. My first reaction was no, stairs into kitchen is a no go...


  • Registered Users Posts: 639 ✭✭✭ houseyhouse

    It can also be a problem for noise. We lived in a house where the stairs were in the living room. Had to keep the tv very low at night because the sound travelled up to the kids’ bedrooms.

  • Registered Users Posts: 37,604 ✭✭✭✭ Mellor

    It becomes an issue if there is a third story or attic conversion.

    But otherwise it’s possible with the considerations above.

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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,371 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo

  • Registered Users Posts: 31 ArtieBucco

    Thanks Gumbo, appreciated.

    I should pay more attention to the building regs. I should have known this, but I'm a newbie and have limited experience.

    Thanks for sharing the above 👌