Rooms not suitable for habitation

712, 2015

High-set house being sold as a 2 storey house

December 7th, 2015|Garage conversions, High-set vs 2 storey house, Illegal structures, Rising Damp, Rooms not suitable for habitation, Sagging roofs, Seepage|Comments Off on High-set house being sold as a 2 storey house

Inspection recently carried out on a high-set house that was supposedly converted to a 2 storey house. The house had been inspected by a certifier only once, on completion of alterations to the lower floor area, not during the alterations, as would be required. The house was being sold as a 2 storey 5 bedroom, […]

1709, 2015

High-set vs Two storey house

September 17th, 2015|Garage conversions, High-set vs 2 storey house, Rising Damp, Rooms not suitable for habitation, Seepage|Comments Off on High-set vs Two storey house

Typical high-set house

The following photos show indications of seepage and rising damp to single and double brick walls (no cavity) of high-set houses. These problems are the reasons why high-set houses are not suitable for conversion to habitable areas and the brick walls must not be covered with any type of material. Purpose built two […]

1408, 2015

Garage conversion to bedrooms-problems created !

August 14th, 2015|Garage conversions, Rooms not suitable for habitation|0 Comments

Garage conversion to bedrooms! is it possible and what problems may I encounter ? 

Single brick walls of garages are not suitable for covering and conversion for use as habitable areas due to bricks being porous, lack of rebate to the slab edge, weep-holes and damp-course barriers, seepage and rising damp rising damp. Covering of single […]

702, 2015

Rooms not suitable for habitation

February 7th, 2015|Garage conversions, Rooms not suitable for habitation|Comments Off on Rooms not suitable for habitation

Most people are not aware that it takes more than a required ceiling height to comply with local authorities for use as a habitable room (living space). Although the ceiling height of this sub-floor area in a western suburb house was within the requirement of 2.4 metres, the lower external brick walls did not have […]