But, I just needed a place for my guestroom…

OK,  so the economy is still rough, the need for extra space strains our pocketbook and throws out logistics and nudges building code under the bus…as a result, I have had numerous calls for “legalizing” attic spaces used for offices, bedrooms, playrooms, and so forth.

The “Attic” level that is problematic, is not when it occurs over the first floor over a second floor-the usual problem in are Attic areas above the second floor, which are generally classified as a third floor, and while allowed by most building codes for residential wood framed houses, comes with lots of requirements-

-headroom height

-fire sprinklering

-means of egress

-access to the space

-and many others

To make these attics “legal” means we file drawings, applications and generally pay a fee or penalty to the town-if the attic/3rd floor is currently code-conforming….  if not we have to make it code-conforming which also means we file drawings, applications and generally pay a fee or penalty to the town as well as build the needed improvements or remove what was there.

Don’t get pressured by a builder to “just do it- because nobody will find out”.  The town will and you’re screwed.

Call us first to discuss the options, Steven Secon Architect 914 674 2950

Don’t forget to see our basement legalization blogpost!