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Posted by  JWmHarmon on June 03, 2003 at 23:04:54:

In Reply to:  Widow's Walk posted by Heidi Poche on June 03, 2003 at 14:15:43:

Method 1: Build a cupola; a door from the cupola provides access to the widows walk.

Method 2: Build the upper floor with a setback from the next lower floor. Provide a stairway from the lower setback to the upper widows walk level. The door to the stairway is on the lower level. Stairways can be on the back of the house to be out of sight of the front and angled views of the side. The stairway can be a prominent design element if placed in the front or on the side. You have choices.

Method 3: Build a hatch with an interior stairway leading to the hatch. This would require a guard rail around the hatch which could be incorporated into the railing of the widow's walk. Flashing around the hatch would be similar to an operable skylight that opens for ventilation. Hand rail design requires careful attention to detail at the transition from interior to exterior since the hand rail will be divided at that point. Divided hand rails, rather than continuous handrails, should be generally discouraged. Divided hand rails provide a place for one to lose one's grip and fall when reaching from one section to the next.

Sorry, I don't have any pictures available at the moment.


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