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Question DetailsAsked on 3/5/2016

Cost to stain and install door in home

Have wooden door to put at top of stairs of a 2 story home to make the second floor like an apartment.

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Staining plus at least one (preferably two for this type of usage) clear coat around $150-200 range probably - plus likely about $150-500 installation depending on dificulty, what sort of framing and drywall work has to be done to provide framing for it to be fastened to, what is going over the door frame to the ceiling, etc. Door itself probably $100-150 range for a run of the mill 3/4 or 1 hour fire rated door, whichever your area requires for this sort of use. So - total likely in the $300-700 range not including the door itself, which you say you have.


Be sure where you are putting it meets the requirements for landing space at the top of the stairs - code varies by area and on whether non-family live in the house, like in an apartment but generally you need an unobstructed top landing (meaning not intruded on by door swing) with a depth (in direction of travel) equal the width of the stairs but not less than 36 inches but is not required to be more than 48" regardless of stair width. Some areas allow greater of 36" landing or door width at top even if the door swing intrudes on the landing (but cannot extend out over the stairs when open), but that is bad practice because it has people backing up on the top landing to get out of the way of the door as they open it when heading upstairs, resulting in a stair fall hazard. I understand the next version of the code will likely read the 36" minimum landing "depth" has to be clear of the opening door, so if door swings towards the stairs then the 36" would be in addition to the door swing arc.


Because you are likely talking framing and drywall and painting to frame in the door, while a good Hadyman might be able to handle it, if you do not have one you know is pretty functional in all those trades, you would be better off with a small Remodeling - General Contractor.

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