I'm looking to build a reading nook under some stairs but there currently seems to be a support structure of some kind that I would like to remove. I've tried finding if this setup is part of code or just good practice but so far have been unable to find anything except for a mention related to very long exterior deck stairs.
The length of the stairs are just shy of 10 feet. Here is an image of the support structure under the stairs.
Here are a couple more shots of the stairs:
- full shot of the underneath of the stairs
- pic of the underneath part of the top of the stairs to try to show of it connects
At a minimum I would like to remove the cross bracing but if I can remove all of it (there are some boards that run to the back of the stairs at the bottom) I would like to so that the area is a little wider.
Is this something I can take down, either partially or completely?