Building A New House
Jun 20, 2012 12:45 pm
Our current (and hopefully final!) home design has a double-garage, with a bit of extra width for storage of bikes &/or the beer fridge etc, and there's a 4m-ish wide single-width garage/workspace behind that which is about 10m (so around 1.5 cars) deep, and then a single-width garage door at the rear leading to the back yard.
So that I can have a hoist in there, we've got an interior ceiling height of 3.75m in the garage.
I was sort-of considering that, after the house was built, I'd erect a sort-of "mezzanine' level in that rear area for storage.
I just deleted a whole bunch of text trying to describe the area I'm talking about ... instead here's a thousand word's worth of picture:
I was thinking maybe allowing about 1.5m height in that storage area, meaning about 2m height underneath it.
I was also thinking that if I asked the builder to do it, sure it'd cost more than if I erected it myself; except they support the spanning beams within the walls, and there wouldn't need to be any legs eating into garage-space & getting in the way underneath it.
However - are there legality issues? It'll take a while to get an answer from the builders, but someone here might know.
Is there any legality problem (NSW / Complying Development) with a storage-area that's only 1.5m high, and is up in the air like that? [it'd have bars or some-such to stop stuff & Forgs from falling]
Is there any legality problem (NSW / Complying Development) with that portion of the garage only being 2m high?
Something that's only a shelf raised in the air, albeit a large one, doesn't contribute to floorspace calculations if it's not legally tall enough to be a "room" does it? [we're tight on floorspace ratio]
Ta in advance!
Re: Garage mezzanine/shelf with low height ceiling - legalit2
Jun 20, 2012 5:51 pm
You might get it on the same basis as an attic where you can go down to 1.5m as long as 2/3rd of the height is 2.2m.
there is some more info here: http://www.anewhouse.com.au/?p=120
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