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mattiepearson 01-19-2013 08:20 PM

Sunken floors in a new build.
 
Hi all, first time post.

A little bit off track. I am an avid DIY fan, been at for at least 30 years, but my wife and I have decided and we are buying a new build for our latest home.

The showroom we went to had a step down theatre room, which of course she fell in love with, but having drinks with friends last night they stated that sunken floors/drop down floors/step down floors (what ever you call them) can actually cause health problems.

Personally, I'm not fussed. It does look good, but happy not to have it, but I don't want to pay $2,000 (AUD) to have this feature only to find out it's bad for you. Something to do with the air from the rest of the house coming into the room at neck level and causing problems.

My friend said that people who had this feature regretted it and some raised the floor.

I'd be grateful for any comments or further information.

Mattie P

sixeightten 01-19-2013 08:24 PM

I have been framing homes for 30 years. We have done many with sunken floors and I have never heard of any problems. I have also remodeled many existing homes and never raised a sunken floor up.

joecaption 01-19-2013 08:24 PM

Some of your reasoning is a little off the wall, hard to say without seeing it.
There been lots of peolpe on this site asking how to raise a sunken room and none asking how to make a sunken floor if that tellls you anything.

mattiepearson 01-19-2013 08:33 PM

I had noticed that, and a Google search (which led me to this site) revealed a large number of sites that offer to raise sunken floors.

Thanks for the comment

sixeightten 01-19-2013 08:39 PM

I just did a google search myself to see what these health concerns were. Not really finding any. A tripping hazard, maybe, but air quality?

joecaption 01-19-2013 08:42 PM

The air quality is total BS in my humble opion.

mattiepearson 01-19-2013 08:54 PM

It wasn't so much the quality of the air, it was the fact it circulates at neck height (imagine your slumped in a recliner) and the flow can cause neck problems. A bit like having the back window open in a car type thing. But I do appreciate all your comments.

md2lgyk 01-20-2013 06:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mattiepearson (Post 1097491)
It wasn't so much the quality of the air, it was the fact it circulates at neck height (imagine your slumped in a recliner) and the flow can cause neck problems. A bit like having the back window open in a car type thing. But I do appreciate all your comments.

That sounds like a real stretch to me. But there for sure must be some reason people don't want sunken floors - they are exceedingly rare. I've never even seen one.


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