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I'm designing a 3 level home.. the main level stairs I want to use are  L shaped from 1st to second.  .I have attached PDF cross section of how I want the stairs to function.. and PDF of first floor showing no stairwell to basement..  I want to place a straight railing on first floor across stairwell as well as stair railing descending ( which is in place).


I also need to be able to come in from the mud room from the garage on the fist floor.. so thinking I need steeper stairs to basement but not sure how to change the heights etc.


Any suggestions are welcome.  I have watched the videos and I know you have to start from the bottom and work your way up but not sure how to get the look I want.








cross section stairs PDF.pdf

cross section PDF stairs.pdf

first floor view.pdf

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