Photo Credit: Unlimited Style Real Estate Photography
Architect: Nadav Rokach
Interior Design: Eliana Rokach
Contractor: Building Solutions and Design, Inc
Staging: Carolyn Grecco/ Meredit Baernc
What Houzz contributors are saying:
The minimum head height clearance per most building codes is 6 ft., 8 in. (80 in.) above the front edge of any tread, which is quite low. It is best to allow as much head height as possible, and 7 feet at minimum. You will see many designs in which the staircase is placed within a two-story space that easily takes care of this issue. When you have three or more floors, stacking the staircases is the best solution. The head height from one follows the one above. This arrangement also helps create a compact and efficient traffic flow. Incidentally, the space below the stairs becomes impractical for use once the head height falls below 5 ft. Unless you are really tight for space, consider that area spent.This photo shows how head clearance is critical at overhanging floors and adjoining staircase ceilings.