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Can anything be done with these walls/ceilings?

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Old 12-06-13, 06:29 PM
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Can anything be done with these walls/ceilings?

My wife and I are interested in this house. One of the things we dont like is the way the walls in these rooms are set up. Is there any way to take out the angles in them so these rooms open up a bit and are more square??

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Old 12-06-13, 07:46 PM
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Is this an attic?,.......,,
 
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I dont know. We havent seen the house. I would assume its the 2 bedrooms upstairs.

Can anything be done with this?
 
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Nope, appears to be roof line. The rooms may not even qualify as "living space" due to the low headroom meeting minimum code requirements;

"SECTION R304 MINIMUM ROOM AREAS

R304.1 Minimum area. Every dwelling unit shall have at least one habitable room that shall have not less than 120 square feet (11 m2) of gross floor area.

R304.2 Other rooms. Other habitable rooms shall have a floor area of not less than 70 square feet (6.5 m2).

Exception: Kitchens.

R304.3 Minimum dimensions. Habitable rooms shall not be less than 7 feet (2134 mm) in any horizontal dimension.

Exception: Kitchens.

R304.4 Height effect on room area. Portions of a room with a sloping ceiling measuring less than 5 feet (1524 mm) or a furred ceiling measuring less than 7 feet (2134 mm) from the finished floor to the finished ceiling shall not be considered as contributing to the minimum required habitable area for that room. From; Chapter 3 - Building Planning

Bold is mine. The windows don't appear to meet minimum egress; "R310.1.2 Minimum opening height. The minimum net clear opening height shall be 24 inches (610 mm)." From; Chapter 3 - Building Planning
Check for local codes/amendments. Lot of storage space though....

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You could tear off and reframe so the roof is higher - not an easy/cheap undertaking.
 
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Ok, well thanks anyway guys .

We go to look at it on Sunday so we will see. The house was built in 1955 and I guess these folks are the original owners.
 
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Well we went and saw it. Not impressed. Looked better in the photos..lol. It would cost a ton to make this house good. Thanks anyhow.
 
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