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Old 05-12-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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Hi,
We asked builder to construct a new house for us and the drywall was recently closed. However, we found that the ceiling height of finished attic is from 4'5'' to 8 feet (sloped ceiling). Per NC residential code R305.1, "for room with sloped ceilings, >50% of the floor area of the room must be 7+ ft and no portion of the floor area may have a ceiling height of less than 5 ft". Does that mean the builder violate the NC residential code?
The height of attic was not listed in the contract. What can we do now?
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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If it passes building inspection I wouldn't worry about it. If it doesn't builder will have to fix it.
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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Builder actually promised more than once to build a finished attic from 5-8 feet but not put in the contract. Now we are very disappointed for this attic with such low clearance. Can we sue builder violating the residential code and mislead us to purchase attic option? We only have witness to testify that builder do promise this before and during the construction.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:27 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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...the ceiling height of finished attic is
Per NC residential code R305.1, "for room with sloped ceilings...
an attic, even a finished attic, is NOT a room
hth
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:44 PM
 
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Thanks MrRational, the code says "habitable space" may not have ceiling height less than 5 ft. Does this mean our finished attic, which starts at 4'5'', cannot be considered as finished area? We paid $8,000 to get the attic finished but are we entitled to get some refund from the builder?
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:54 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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...Does this mean our finished attic, which starts at 4'5'', cannot be considered as finished area?
No. It means that your top-notch storage area (aka finished attic) is not a habitable space.

If it were intended to be "habitable space" it wouldn't be called an attic...
and it would be built to meet the height and other standards.

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We paid $8,000 to get the attic finished...
And you're getting exactly that; but it's still not a habitable room.

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...but are we entitled to get some refund from the builder?
I'd say no.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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Thanks, MrRational. We feel so bad that builder misled us to buy this option. It's our first time to buy a house and we don't have any experience dealing with builder. Do you know where we can go to complain this builder? Apparently they are lying to us.
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:56 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Do you know where we can go to complain this builder?
...Apparently they are lying to us.
One more time... the builder is NOT lying to you.
My impression is that YOU are the one who inflated the meaning of words.

Did the builder assert that the attic could be used as a bedroom or den?
For any purpose other than storage or maybe a place for kids to play?
I really doubt it.
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