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Old 05-29-2013, 09:27 AM   #16
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Well....per CBC.....

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MINIMUM ROOM DIMENSIONS: (CBC 310.6)
AT LEAST ONE ROOM 120 SF
ALL OTHER ROOMS EXCEPT
KITCHEN 70 SF WITH A MIN.
DIMENSION OF 7'-0"
Per code....it should fit.

But a trip to building and planning should be your next step...

However, what I see as your biggest problem is zoning. If everything around you is R1....fat chance they will let you build an apartment you can rent out....but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Also ask about Granny Apartments.
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Thanks for the code reference. I had largely forgotten this post, but not the project--I'm meeting with code enforcement next week about the electrical, but I have yet to approach zoning.

So, related question--I know that at least a dozen homes in my neighborhood rent out a portion of their space; all the houses are large, and many have a floor plan similar to mine. Moreover, none of the modifications have been done to code (very easy to tell just by walking through some of the for-sale open houses). "Everyone else does it" is not a valid reason for doing something, but zoning seems to run contrary to how this area is occupied. Any thoughts on how I should proceed? Thanks again.
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Ask building and safety....99% of the time they are not going to ask for your exact address...just maybe the aprox area...just tell them what your 'thinking of doing'. I think you will be surprised and how informative they will be.
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Any thoughts on how I should proceed? Thanks again.
In my area unless the zoning allows multi-family you will not be able to do a conversion, and often even in an area that does have multi-family they still won't allow it.

However, they do allow "In-Law" apartments to be created. The difference between a Two Family and a Single Family w/ In-Law is that the latter has interior access between the two spaces.

What a lot of people around here do is build an In-Law apartment then once all the inspections/etc are complete they will remove the in-law door and drywall it (obviously this is not compliant, but it is generally a non-issue)

Another popular thing, if the two living spaces are on the same level, is to build a "hallway" which becomes a closet on one or both sides and the closet has a locked door in it! My guess is that this is compliant as long as you can lift/remove the clothes hanging rail and do not build shelves to obstruct the door.
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