Hi guys, it’s Naomi Findlay here, your rapid renovation expert.
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There can be few things more devastating than when you’ve taken your property to market, or you’ve had an agent or valuer come in to give you a valuation, and post-renovation they turn around to you and say… “This is not a habitable space.”
There is more to a habitable space than ensuring four walls and a ceiling. There is legislation in place surrounding legal ceiling heights for a property to be deemed habitable.
In fact, I have experienced this first hand. A property I once renovated and sold had a ceiling height 2.5cm too short to be deemed habitable! And in this situation, this space I had transformed into a rumpus room could not be marketed as a second living space.
To break down everything regarding ceiling heights and habitable spaces, I sat down with The Reno Show’s resident chippy, Rowan Howard.
Don’t have time to watch? Listen to it on the go here!
- The Building Code of Australia is the overarching documentation that we refer to as legislation.
- It is important to refer to a Building Certifier to confirm your ceilings are of legal heights to be deemed habitable spaces. This can often be completed over-the-phone.
- An example of a habitable room is a living room, bedroom, or rumpus room. The legal ceiling height in these spaces is 2.4 metres.
- Alternatively, the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom only require a ceiling height of 2.1 metres.
- Knowledge surrounding habitable spaces can be a powerful negotiating tool when buying property.