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Monday April 17, 2017

Tiny Homes Can Face Code Obstacles, Says NFPA

Tiny homes can run afoul of building codes, according the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The group April 11 issued a report reacting to their growing popularity.

 

One example raised by NFPA is loft bedrooms. Building codes treat lofts as storage spaces whereas bedrooms have requirements for escape egress and headroom. Moreover, the report (bit.ly/2oD50Pa) explains that there can be both egress and headroom problems in the primary living spaces as well.

 

Other issues involve room dimensions, typically 7-feet in each direction for habitable rooms. Even for spaces not defined as habitable, like bathrooms, there are dimension issues like clearance around toilettes or shower basin sizes.

 

The different styles of tiny homes mean that four types of codes might apply: recreational vehicles, manufactured homes, modular dwellings, and site-built dwellings.