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Hi I’m putting storage space under my interior stairs. The area I want to open up has a piece of timber right in the middle. I’m hoping some one can tell me if it can be removed? Pic1-Purple is the timber I want to remove, blue circled is where I want to open it up. enter image description here Pic 2- directly above opening- can I remove the horizontal timbers at the top too? (Circled blue) enter image description here Pic 3- looking in from outside- stair support . Circled blue is the horizontal timber I want to remove. enter image description here Hopefully these are clear enough to understand!

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That stub wall does likely provide some support to stiffen the stairway. That said it would appear that the vertical stud that you circled in purple could be removed without any trouble.

I would not suggest removing any other parts and leaving the horizontal double member in place. If you removed that it would leave a mess in regards to the already finished drywall joint that joint with the drywall in the bottom slope of the stairs. There appears to be minimal advantage for removing it anyway. In addition you will need that area to nail into for trimming the opening if you want to place an door to close off the space access.

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    That stud may be carrying a significant portion of the entire staircase's force, depending on the quality of the stringers in use. You might want to strengthen the header (the double-horizontal member). – Carl Witthoft Dec 11 '19 at 16:59
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    We cannot tell from the pictures if the stairway has two or three stringers. If three then @CarlWitthoff may be right and the horizontal header may require beefing up end to end. For sure do not remove the double header or the studs under it's ends. – Michael Karas Dec 11 '19 at 17:08
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    I think the second picture shows the underside of the stairs, and there's no central stringer. – Daniel Griscom Dec 11 '19 at 17:21
  • There is no central stringer. I’ll be happy if I Can at least remove the vertical one and I’ll leave the horizontal ones. Thanks everyone for your help! – pamela lucas Dec 12 '19 at 4:33

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