We're looking at purchasing a home that has a daylight basement with two external doors for access to the outdoors. The main floor has access outdoors directly and via external stairs in the back. Not sure when, but a VERY SMALL set of circular stairs was installed between main floor and basement. I'm sure it met code, but it might as well be a ladder -- it's about that functional, and my husband's Vietnam injured knee won't allow him to use them at all. Seems kind of silly to buy a home where you'd only be able to get to the basement by going outside to get there!
I have researched a number of sites and found that we could install a residential elevator from a variety of vendors that would fit in the space where the circular stairs is located. I know you typically can't replace stairs with an elevator, but I wondered if there would be an exception since the basement has external/outdoor access on it's own as does the main floor?
I am aware we'd need permits for electrical, etc, but there don't appear to be lots of good info on residential elevator code requirements that I could find.
I thought about meeting with the county building inspectors, but thought one of you might have some other alternatives we hadn't considered as well. Any other ideas?
Thanks for your help and potential suggestions!