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    Default Staircase- legal requirements qld

    The house we are looking at is 2 story (bedrooms and 1 bathroom upstairs, downstairs is kitchen, living areas, 2x office/storage rooms, laundry and main bathroom). It only has 1 staircase, which is internal pretty much smack bang in the middle if the house (so if there was a fire, it would be extremely difficult to safely get out of the house unless we jumped out the windows upstairs).

    Dh is under the impression there needs to be at least 2 staircases in a high set home for this reason. He thinks it is a legal requirement but we can't find anything about it, all we have found is measurements relating to building staircases and construction. Nothing about the actual number that is legally required.

    Does anyone know what the laws are regarding this? Is dh correct or is there no legal requirement to have more than 1 staircase in a high set home?

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    I've never heard that. We live in a housing estate owned by our mine and all of the two storey style house that we are in are the same. One set of internal stairs inside. 3 bedrooms, main bathroom & seperate toilet upstairs and laundry, 2nd toilet, dining, kitchen, lounge, main bedroom, ensuite downstairs. We sleep upstairs now that we have kids. Growing up the highest houses we lived in that were not built in underneath always had two sets of stairs for access front and back. Perhaps he is thinking of a normal highest?

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    I'm not sure what you mean by a highest house but we have a two story home built about 7 years ago and there is only 1 set of stairs. Upstairs is lounge, kitchen, master and ensuite and nursery which was intended as an office. Downstairs is 3 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry. Stairs are in the middle of the house.

    I think the only requirement is extra smoke alarms. We have one at the top of the stairs, one at the bottom which is in the middle of all the bedrooms and one outside of our room. I hadn't considered 1 set of stairs being an issue but DH wants to put in a second set off the balcony into the bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WannaBMummy82 View Post
    I've never heard that. We live in a housing estate owned by our mine and all of the two storey style house that we are in are the same. One set of internal stairs inside. 3 bedrooms, main bathroom & seperate toilet upstairs and laundry, 2nd toilet, dining, kitchen, lounge, main bedroom, ensuite downstairs. We sleep upstairs now that we have kids. Growing up the highest houses we lived in that were not built in underneath always had two sets of stairs for access front and back. Perhaps he is thinking of a normal highest?
    Yeah I had never heard of it either, although his logic behind it makes sense. I think he is getting in touch with the council today just to double check though.

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    Ive never been to a double story house with two sets of stairs.

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    I always thought it was 2 sets of stairs too.
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    I live in a 2 storey house. One set of stairs in the middle of the house. I don't know of any houses with 2 sets of stairs unless they are huge!

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    We are about to put in an offer on a two story house.
    There is only one set of stairs!

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    we built a two story house back in 1979, in Brisbane, and we did have to have an outside staircase. there was an internal staircase, and we had to add a fire proof staircase from the upstairs balcony. steel runners and concrete treads. there must have been a regulation at that time. ?? marie.

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    maybe qld is different as a lot of the houses are on stilts?? like qld houses always look so much further off the ground than homes anywhere else?

    I've never heard of a 2 storey home with 2 sets of stairs but I don't know anything about legal requirements of residential properties in qld. could you ask an architect if you know one? there'd have to be some kind of qld building code and an architect or builder would be very familiar with something like that I'm sure.


 

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