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Easy Stair Building Myth

By Greg Vanden Berge


If you're reading this article, because you're interested in learning how to build stairs easily, I would like to point something out.

Building stairs and roofs are probably the most difficult part of building a house.

There is no easy way to build stairs, but some stairs are easier to build than others.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about, a set of freestanding circular stairs, is an extremely difficult set of stairs to build, especially if you have limited knowledge about stair building. The people that work on these types of stairs, make it look easier, than it actually is. Some of these stairs, can take months to build and the people building them, are often masters at the art of stair building.

Now what about a set of stairs that goes up to a stair landing, turns and returns back in the opposite direction, as it works its way up to the second floor. This stairway is a little more difficult to build than a Straight set of stairs, but less difficult than any circular set of stairs. Again, it's a myth to think that stair building is easy, we need to remember, that some sets of stairs are simply easier to build than others.

Now the easiest set of stairs to build, would be a Straight set of stairs and these stairs are even easier, when they only go up about four steps to a platform for stair landing. Some Straight sets of stairs that are long can be extremely difficult to build.

Just because a set of stairs is Straight, doesn't mean that it's going to be easy to cut and install. Stair building is an art and some of the masters in the construction business are some of the best painters in the business.


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