I've got a very typical set of stairs that descend to the basement of
my ranch style home. I'm in the process of redecorating my basement
and I would like to open up one side of the stairs so that you can
look out into the room on one side as you go down the stairs. Right
now there is a framed wall on either side of the stairs that is a
simple frame of two by fours with dry wall on both sides. It doesn't
appear that the frames for these walls provide much support for the
stairs but they are nailed (lightly) to them.
Can any carpenters out there tell me how much support stairs usually
need on the sides? I was looking at some stair construction sites and
they usually don't even show side supports so I'm thinking they may
just add to stability but aren't particularly necessary for structural
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.