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Swap Kitchen with Lounge

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by tobobuild, 23 Dec 2017.

  1. tobobuild

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    Hi everyone,

    I was hoping to switch the downstairs of my small flat, moving the kitchen to where the lounge is and the lounge to the kitchen - it would make a lot more sense space wise. I've mocked up the design but someone raised that it might be a fire regs issue as there one one the one entrance to the flat.

    I will of course get a professional to sign it off but just looking for your point of view.
     

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  3. freddiemercurystwin

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    We need a sketch plan of the existing and the proposed layout to comment not fancy images.
     
  4. What is the existing layout though. Is the lounge currently at the bottom of the stairs, and where would you route the sink waste etc to.
     
  5. tobobuild

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    this is the current layout - I'm not too worried about the plumbing side of things, I've already been advised that shouldn't be an issue - main concern at the moment is if this is a fire safety issue - encase it matters this flat is above the 1st floor.
     

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  7. This seems to be a maisonette more than a flat, so where is the exit. The problem as I see it, is that if there were a chip fan fire, you wouldn't be able to get past it to the stairs, so if you're above the first floor, can you get out of the window.
     
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    no the only exit is the door on the ground floor
     
  9. You might be required to change the window to allow you to escape in the event of a fire.
     
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    If it's already open plan lounge/kitchen with open stairs, and you are just swapping the kitchen and lounge around then you are not affecting the existing fire safety arrangements - other than needing to swap the heat and smoke detectors around.

    It will need building control approval though. And potentially the landlord's permission
     
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