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vv0123

Ara fire doors required in order to comply with the current regulations? I mean - everywhere in the house? Last time I checked they were required in 3 or more storeys houses (provided that it is not a HMO). But I might be not up to date. Would you please, clarify this?

   
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Brosh Architects

vv0123, unfortunately I can't comment on specific case but technically you should create a protective corridor and also you can't make the situation any worse of what it use to be. therefore, the best advice i can give you is to contact your local Building Control or Approved Inspectors and ask for advice because if you are making such changes in your home, you will have to appoint them anyway.

The rules are constantly evolving and even I, always contact BC to comment on my drawings before I agree on the final layout with clients.

   
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Howard Browning

Great article with some very useful information. For the sake of the houses I would like to add a really important "do" to the list.... Do choose a contractor that fully appreciates period properties. Most builders do not completely understand the needs of houses that were built with traditional materials and before damp proof courses became a thing.
Top of your list should be: Don't suffocate the walls with modern renders, insulation and plastic paints; do use breathable materials.
If you trap water in the fabric of the property by preventing the natural flow of moisture through the walls they will fall into disrepair.

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