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Attic Room Regulations

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Superdude, 14 Jul 2006.

  1. Superdude

    Hitman

    Joined: 8 Mar 2005

    Posts: 767

    Location: Cardiff

    We have just recently had our attic boarded out and a retractable ladder fitted and now I have lots of space to set up that dream scalelectrics track :)

    Anyway are there any serious regulations I should be aware of? The space is only being used as half storage, half mans area :)
     
  2. Coolasmoo

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Mars

    As far as im aware, there are no regulations to follow as long as the space is used as storage.
     
  3. R.O.S.S.I

    Capodecina

    Joined: 16 Nov 2002

    Posts: 10,390

    Location: The Moon

    We've done exactly the same, and its used as a bedroom.
     
  4. Ak!ta

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Feb 2006

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    There are alot of regulations concerning this. However unless the regulations are followed, then legally it's still only classed as an attic (all be it a floored one), not a loft coversion. The only thing to watch out for is your house insurance, with regard to fire and electrical safety ?
     
  5. Coolasmoo

    Mobster

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    Location: Mars


    If you ever need to sell the property on, without building regs you will have to say its storage only.
     
  6. AJUK

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 14 Nov 2003

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    If the room is habitable (i.e. a bedroom or living room) then there are lots of regulations applicable. Most importantly Approved Document B of the Building Regulations : Fire Safety. Contravention of this regulation is a criminal offence and punishable by a prison term of which ignorance is no defence. A suitable means of escape in the event of a fire should be provided for all occupants of the building from all floors without passing through a room. Therefore, a protected corridor needs to be provided from the attic and all floors below right down to the exit. This is usually acheived by fire doors and walls around the stairs.

    The second factor that needs to be addressed is the structural performance of the attic floor and roof structure. Light domestic storage is one thing, you and eight of your fat mates getting excited over Scalextric is another loading scenario all together.

    I strongly suggest that you get a local structural engineer to look into these aspects to ensure that your attic is suitable for the purpose you intend to use it for. An architectural consultant should also be consulted with regard to the fire regulations.

    If you think that all this isn't worth it, think again. People die everyday in housefires in well designed houses that comply with the building regulations. You do not stand a chance should the unthinkable happen in a house that doesn't comply.