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Ttbsjdzm 05-30-2010 01:55 PM

Kitchen Cabinet Knobs and Free Standing Island
I am remodeling my GA home. I've a good friend, an Interior Designer, who lives and works in NC. She tells me that current building code requires that when choosing knobs, for my kitchen and bathroom cabinets, I can no longer choose to use the round type of knobs. Instead, I must use door pulls that are more easily manageable for handicapped people. My home is not occupied by anyone with such special needs. While this may be a code requirement for commercial buildings, I've never heard of such a requirement for private residences. I definitely want to pass all inspections. This could be a req'mt in NC. But, does anyone know if this is true for private residences in GA?

The same person also told me that code requires all free standing kitchen islands (actually everything in the house) to have at least 2 pathways to get around, in the event of fire or some other emergency, and that there is a specific amount of space needed for such clearance.

Has anyone heard of these type of restrictions in the state of GA.?


Just Bill 06-01-2010 06:04 AM

Probably true, if you are bulding for ADA compliance, but I am not familiar with that. I can find nothing in IRC to that affect. There are clearance minimums for island passages, but that is just common sense.

Scuba_Dave 06-01-2010 07:42 AM

Ask your friend for the specific code reference for these requirements for a residential house

vsheetz 06-01-2010 08:09 PM

Your building and permits folks are the ones to provide the final answer.

Nailer 06-01-2010 11:49 PM

As far as walk space a good rule of thumb is at least 3 feet. You must consider being able to get replacement appliances and furniture ect. through the walk space. Another thing to consider is the ability to walk past appliances when doors are open. Oven doors, frige doors and dishwasher doors.
Never heard of a code concerning knobs in a private residence.

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