|upstairs for Common House?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 23:25:06 -0500|
We at RoseWind Cohousing in Port Townsend Washington are working on our common house design. There are a number of reasons that second-floor space would help us out. BUT the local city building inspector, with Uniform Building Code in hand, says that we are a type A-3 "assembly" building and that any "occupiable" upstairs space MUST be handicapped accessible. That translates into not only the space for an elevator, but around $20,000 elevator cost. Which we don't have. Question:Who has managed to get upstairs space permitted, that is not handicapped accessible? (Is there anyone from Winslow reading this? I remember a Teen Room over the kitchen.) How was the building classified, per building code, or what exceptions applied that allowed that upstairs space? Or is there someone I could contact to find out? We'd be very appreciative if you have info to share. Best wishes, Lynn Nadeau welcome [at] olympus.net General RoseWind info- started 9 years ago, PUD with city, lot-development model, non-profit corporation with homeowners' association. 19 families, room for 6 more (in single-family, or duplex or row houses). Eight homes built and occupied. Three homes half finished. A straw bale home starts in May. Common House in planning phase-- with preliminary plans based on our programming and budget.
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