Open staircase - problem with building regulations?

Discussion in 'Homes and gardens' started by annebrodie, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. annebrodie

    annebrodie Guest

    Hi all. I am modernising my house which was built in 1975, and which has a rather hideous baluster. I was thinking about just getting rid of it altogether, which would visually widen my hallway considerably, and fixing a simple handrail to the wall instead.

    Would I be in violation of any kind of building regulation if I were to do this?

    Thanks for your advice.
  2. sydthebeat

    sydthebeat Frequent Poster

    the regs here have the typical irish approach....

    they say that the gap between the open threads should not be more than 100mm if the dwelling is going to be used by children... now obviously only leaving a 100mm gap looks stupid if you want an open thread stair....

    the reason for the reg is the fear of a child getting his head stuck between the treads....
  3. annebrodie

    annebrodie Guest

    The treads are not open treads - they're just normal stairs which I'm planning on carpeting. There would be nowhere for a child to get his head stuck! Now, he would probably be able to fall off the stairs, as there would be no baluster...
  4. sydthebeat

    sydthebeat Frequent Poster

    oops, i must have read your question incorrectly....

    but generally the same reg applies.....

    this is the pertinent paragraph from the regs....

    Guarding should be designed and built in
    such a way that it does not present unacceptable
    risks of accidents in service. Where guarding
    contains glazing, it should be in accordance with the
    recommendations of BS 6262-4 : 1994. In addition,
    unless the stairs are unlikely to be used by children
    under five years of age, guarding should be so
    constructed that a 100 mm diameter sphere cannot
    pass through any openings in the guarding and that it
    will not be readily climbable. Where a cut string is
    used, the triangular space formed by tread and riser
    is allowable, provided the bottom edge of the
    balustrade is not more than 50 mm above the nosing​