If you need to access your attic regularly, more than five or six times per year, it wouldn't be a bad idea to install a folding stairway or ladder.
Before you do, make sure that you have enough room to
install one of the stairways. I can't tell you how many times I've went
to someone's house to give them an estimate, after they purchased their
new attic stairs.
In other words, it wouldn't be a bad idea to contact a local contractor who has experience, installing one of these stairway systems.
Whatever you do, don't start removing ceiling joist or structural framing parts or remove something that could be holding up the rest of your home.
Stairs / Stair Glossary
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