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basement with trap door??

Posted by Stefanie on September 7th, 2001 12:54 PM

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Hello all,

It's been a while since I've visited the board, so I hope I can get some of that great advice once more...

We're in the design process of a small 20 x 20, 2 story house that's currently planned to be built on slab. I'd love to add a basement for 1 or 2 extra rooms, and was wondering if we can put in a "trap door" of sorts for access, instead of full staircase. Reason being, we were planning to use the closet under the stairs for an apartment size washer/dryer and broom closet, and I'd hate to use the basement for that. For the "trap door," I'd like it to blend with the flooring and open right up to a small simple staircase. Has anyone heard of or done this sort of thing? What should we be careful of or add to this idea? And as I live in Southeast Texas where basements are few and far between, would I be adding a significant cost to the construction?

Thanks so much for any help! Feel free to email if you like at


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