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written dedicated specifically to building stairs with landings.

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Greg Vanden Berge has installed over a thousand stairways and started his career in construction building stairs for his father who learn the craft from his father. He currently has over 30 years of construction experience and has written over 40 books.

He's a best-selling international author and lives with his wife in Southern California.

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Simplified Stair Building With Landings

By Greg Vanden Berge

Published by Greg Vanden Berge at Smashwords

Copyright 2012 Greg Vanden Berge

Greg's Books

Home Buyers Checklist

How To Build Straight Stairs

501 Contractor Tips

Simplified Stair Building

Guide For Hiring Contractors

Simplified Bracket Stair Building

Simplified Tile Floor Installation

Simplified House Inspection Checklist

Simplified Home Inspections

Advanced Stair Stringer Layout Methods


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Table of Contents

Stair Parts

Measuring The Stairway

Single Mid Landing

Building The Stairs

Landing Heights

Horizontal Landing Location

Long Stringer Layout

Bonus Book – Simple Stair Stringer Layout

Bottom Stringer Layout - Simple Landing Method

Stair Building Codes

Stair Building Glossary

Stair Parts

This illustration should give you a general idea about what parts of the stairs go where and what they're called. If you need more information about certain parts of a stairway, then feel free to visit our online glossary.

Measuring The Stairway


This is the overall vertical measurement of the stairway. The rise will be the measurement in between floors. This would be the vertical distance (up and down) from the bottom floor to the top floor.

In order to make things as simple as possible, we're going to use 7 1/2 inch risers in every example, of this book.


This is the vertical distance in between each tread or step. If the overall rise measurement of our stairway is 105 inches and we know we're going to use 14 risers, then we simply divide 14 into 105, to find out the height of each individual riser.

14 divided into 105 inches provides us with a 7 1/2 inch riser. This is one of the measurements we will use on our framing square, when laying out our stair stringer, however your riser measurement could be different.


This is the overall horizontal measurement of the stairs with out the landing. Most of the time the individual stair step or tread measurement will determine the run.

For example: If a 10 inch wide tread along with the individual riser measurement, created the perfect step then we’ll use it to figure out the length or run of the stairway. Instead of taking an overall horizontal measurement and dividing it by the amount of treads (like we did with the overall rise), we're going to take the individual tread measurement and multiply it by the amount of steps required to build the stairs, to figure out the overall length or run of the stairway.


This is the individual horizontal distance and width that will represent each step on the stairway. The most common stair tread width used in