Three Things to Consider When Planning Your New Basement Steps
Basement Steps In London
London is well known for many things. From Big Ben to the Loddon Bridge, visitors come from all over the world to experience everything London. One of the things they will see is the many different types of housing in London. The architecture here is simply amazing. From the historical buildings to the newly built ones, there is so much beauty in design in London. However, one thing tourists probably do not pay attention to when they visit London is all the exquisite basement steps.
Here at Portland Stone Steps, we are proud to know that we have a hand in some of these hidden treasures. After all, we have been designing, building, and refinishing basement steps in London for many years. It is, in fact, one of our most popular services. We attribute this to how basement steps can be made personable to match any design scheme or situation. That is why we wanted to share three things to consider when planning your basement step project.
Know Local Safety Codes
When planning out your basement steps, check with your local building codes to make sure you follow all the guidelines and restrictions. For example, some areas require a certain slope to be compliant with disability acts. If you do not follow codes, and someone gets hurt on your property, you could be held liable. This can also cause issues with homeowners insurance.
Get the Needed Permits
Building permits do cost money. However, dodging them can cause you and your family harm. Obtain a permit and follow building codes to avoid accidents and lawsuits. This helps ensure that your family does not spend unneeded money on legal fees. Just because basement steps in London may be hidden it does not mean they are exempt from legal action due to your negligence to follow the law.
Where Are the Stairs
Depending on your building codes and space available, you may need to build your basement stairs in an L shape or with a landing. The easiest option will be building stairs straight down, but that may not be possible. How the steps are built all depends on the space available for you to build them.
Note on Measurement:
Consider the measurements involved in building basement stairs in London. There’s math involved to figure out how many stairs you need. If you do not do the math right, you will end up with a safety hazard after the build. You will need to know the riser height and how many threads you need, which involve simple, but accurate mathematical measurements and calculations, which we use on a daily basis.
We are here to answer any questions you have about your basement step project. Contact us today to see how we can transform your basement steps through detailed planning and using beautiful stone finishes. Our work will want to make you enter through the basement every day, all year long.