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NE78FJ40 03-10-2010 10:03 PM

What is considered a finished room?
I am thinking about putting up drywall on the walls in my utility and storage room just to make sure if something falls against the walls from inside the rooms it would not puncture thru into my living area. If I were to drywall these, would they be considered in my finished square footage? The utility room would have 3 wall done and the storage room would have 2 walls done.

What is considered a finished room?

Termite 03-10-2010 10:09 PM

It is up to your particular jurisdiction. Code doesn't spell it out.

Personally, I count the entire home's square footage excluding the garage when issuing permits. Even an unfinished room adds value to the overall home in most cases and it still must be inspected whether it is carpeted, painted, and sheetrocked. An appraiser's point of view may be very different however.

Leah Frances 03-10-2010 11:19 PM

You should use the 'search' function on this very site. There a many multiples of threads - here - that address this very subject.

oh'mike 03-11-2010 06:27 AM

In our area--if it is under the roof and inside the walls it is taxed as a finished area.

Code here demands that utility rooms that contain a furnace or water heater be dry walled with 5/8 fire stop.

It's your house, if you want to dry wall it --go ahead.--Mike--

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