Removing the Staircase

Welcome back to our home addition/renovation project. In the past six weeks, we’ve put two additions on this house. 

We’ve got this big one back here and then a small one on the front. We’re going to take a little time away from this project over the holidays, because the next major thing is tearing into the house, and we want to keep the house intact during the holidays. Today we’re doing our last little bit of work, which is getting rid of the existing staircase in the house so we can have some accessibility to the things that need to move. So we’re going to have subs here for the HVAC, plumbing, and then also have a concrete finisher for the floor of this back addition. 

This is the staircase, which is housing a bunch of things we need to move. The door for the office is where the staircase is now, so we’re going to get rid of this staircase this week, put a floor up top, and put in the doorway. 

So I’m going to let Donavan loose to remove this staircase, which is kind of scary. He’s going to get it out of here in his own way, not the Matt way, the Donavan way, which is the aggressive way. 

Now that we’ve got this wall exposed, we can see where the two ducts are coming from. We can’t quite see where they’re turning, but we need to come through here. Right now, the wall above this spot has the rafters for the great room sitting on it. We’re going to have to cut out small sections at a time, and then our joists will come through and redistribute that load. We’ll cut out the inside section first. We know there’s another joist flush with the other side of the 2×6, but we don’t know what’s in between until we start cutting. We’ll cut off the first section, probably put another joist in, and then we’ll make the second cut. That way when the HVAC guys come, they can bring the ducts from the furnace, stay out of the joists, turn up into somewhere between this wall.

Oh, they’re going to really hate this. There’s a sweet 90 degree turn in here, but there’s also an outlet coming off of it right there in the same location. Once we put the studs in here, there’s no way for them to do it. They’re going to have to do it from the other side. We are just going to open it up so they can get to it. We’ll set a joist on either side of this opening.

This means I’ll be undoing some of my beautiful drywall work to get into this area here, which is on the other side of the wall that Donavan is working on right now.

We are getting the new joists installed now.

And now removing the bottom section of the staircase.

This is going to be the future hallway. As you can see, this is a little bit of an obstacle course right now. We have the hot water lines for the floor heat for the great room, the gas line for the fireplace in the great room, and the electrical line for my sub panel in my shop. And then there are the two ducts for the forced air into the room. This is all going to be moved in the future, but we got some space to walk now. 

Next we’re getting back to framing the floor, and get some joists hung up in here.

We’re going to pull up the railing so that we can put in our sub floor.

Then we are going to drop in the subfloor. 

This is a much bigger room now. It’s crazy how much space this staircase took up. It’s kind of cool to get the final feel of this room.

That’s it for today, and that’s going to do it for this blog. Thank you as always for joining me, I really appreciate it. Any questions or comments about the remodel or anything else, please feel free to leave a comment. As always, I’ll be happy to answer any questions that you have. Until next time, happy woodworking.

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