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Topic # 189589 5-Jan-2016 14:51
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We currently have 4 wooden steps leading up to a small landing slightly larger than the doorway, it is in need of repairs, one of the main pieces of timber is showing signs of rot and want to do something about it before we have to do something about it.

I'm going to get a builder in, so it's not a DYI, but I'm looking for some ideas on how to make it better so we can have some kind of plan in hand before getting the builder in.

Not wanting to spend an arm or a leg, but looking for a reasonable functional ideas.


 


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  Reply # 1461709 5-Jan-2016 14:54
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How about a photo? How do you want it to be better - what's wrong with it?

A few steps, a platform, maybe a rail to stop people falling off. You could do a ramp to future proof it I guess, but that would be larger and more expensive.




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  Reply # 1461728 5-Jan-2016 15:06
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Not at home right now, will take a photo when I get back.

Just at work with not much to do right now so thought I would start asking


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  Reply # 1461742 5-Jan-2016 15:20
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Kind of depends on the environment. Keeping the landing approx and semi circular of steps around it can be a nice entrance and place for a sunny cup of tea on the steps in the morning or avo.

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  Reply # 1461755 5-Jan-2016 15:36
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Firstly need to know the intention of the property.

Selling soon as its gone up in value enough to get somewhere nicer? Going to rent it out when you buy somewhere nicer? Long term living there? Holding out for zoning changes so you can build more on the site and knock the current place over?




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  Reply # 1461878 5-Jan-2016 19:19
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richms: Firstly need to know the intention of the property.

Selling soon as its gone up in value enough to get somewhere nicer? Going to rent it out when you buy somewhere nicer? Long term living there? Holding out for zoning changes so you can build more on the site and knock the current place over?


Current plans are long term living there.


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  Reply # 1461949 5-Jan-2016 21:23
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I know someone who was significantly and permanently disabled falling off stairs. I'd put a barrier around the platform and add a hand rail. Might need to be bigger to allow for a door stop so the door can still open wide.




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  Reply # 1461969 5-Jan-2016 21:32
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Fristly decide what you need the space to do for you, Is it a driveway or something that you would be losing more valuable parking space if you made it larger, do you have plans to extend the house out that way in the future to create another room and therefore more value etc.

You dont want to put a flash deck in if it means that you end up losing a park or similar.





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  Reply # 1462022 5-Jan-2016 22:57
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If in doubt just build a fricken big deck off the door!!!

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Ugly.
Hand rail for sure, I'd make it bigger too....like a mini deck. Or porchway, whatever you call small areas that aren't actually decks.

We have one out back....do sit there sometimes, it gets first thing morning sun so nice to sit and have your cuppa, when the real deck isn't yet sunny.
And paint or stain it too. Looks nicer.

Apart from the size, looks like my place, my firbolite house is pale blue, it had red steps...ick, painted them black and the bottom of house black too.
Husband initially thought that would be awful but he saw how that worked once I'd done it.




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