For info - building regs on loo/kitchen/fire escape routes

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by lyn rivers, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. lyn rivers

    lyn rivers Guest

    Hi all, I've just had a reply from BCO to my query about a loo leading
    off a kitchen, and whether opening up a staircase wall adjoining a
    kitchen affects fire escape routes, and thought it might be of use to
    someone here. This is what he says:

    >>>>>>

    1. Yes, a toilet can open into a kitchen provided there is a washbasin
    in the toilet.

    2. The removal of a wall would need approval if it is a load bearing
    wall. Also all habitable rooms on the upper storey should have windows
    which allow for escape, having an un obstructed area of at least 0.33m2
    and be at least 450mm high and 450mm wide and the bottom of the
    openable area should be not more than 1100mm above the floor. Similarly
    all ground storey rooms should open directly onto a hall or other
    suitable exit or be provided with windows as before described. I would
    also recommend the provision of smoke detectors within the property.
    >>>>>>


    I'm assuming from this that it's ok to have stairs leading up from the
    kitchen, provided that all rooms upstairs have windows big enough to
    escape through. Hmmm... time to get planning... <g>

    HTH :)

    Lyn
    lyn rivers, Jan 27, 2005
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  2. "lyn rivers" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi all, I've just had a reply from BCO to my query about a loo leading
    > off a kitchen, and whether opening up a staircase wall adjoining a
    > kitchen affects fire escape routes, and thought it might be of use to
    > someone here. This is what he says:
    >
    > >>>>>>

    > 1. Yes, a toilet can open into a kitchen provided there is a washbasin
    > in the toilet.
    >
    > 2. The removal of a wall would need approval if it is a load bearing
    > wall. Also all habitable rooms on the upper storey should have windows
    > which allow for escape, having an un obstructed area of at least 0.33m2
    > and be at least 450mm high and 450mm wide and the bottom of the
    > openable area should be not more than 1100mm above the floor. Similarly
    > all ground storey rooms should open directly onto a hall or other
    > suitable exit or be provided with windows as before described. I would
    > also recommend the provision of smoke detectors within the property.
    > >>>>>>

    >
    > I'm assuming from this that it's ok to have stairs leading up from the
    > kitchen, provided that all rooms upstairs have windows big enough to
    > escape through. Hmmm... time to get planning... <g>
    >


    My brother has just built a kitchen extension with stairs in it. The door to
    the garage is under the stairs - fire door with intumescent strip. His
    upstairs windows are an easy fire escape onto grass - one of his dogs has
    leapt out of it on a few occaisions ...

    The rule I'm personally worried about in my case is the one about low
    windows having to be made of toughened glass - the thing that makes them
    excellent fire escapes may be my downfall ....I doubt Pilkington K qualifies
    .....
    brugnospamsia, Jan 27, 2005
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