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Iam building stone steps in the front of my house the three steps rise are within California building code at 6 inches I would like to put a landing at the bottom of the stairs so to step on to the landing the rise would only be 4 inches
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HelloCustomer and thank you for your question.

Unfortunately, if you reduce the lowest riser to only 4", while leaving the others unchanged, then your stair will no longer meet the building code.
The building code allows no more than a 3/16" difference in height between any two successive risers, and no more than a 3/8" variation between any two risers in the flight of stairs.

Your options would be to excavate/re-grade such that you can set your landing at a height that allows the bottom riser to remain at 6", or build the landing at your originally intended location but modify or rebuild your stair such that all risers are equal.


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