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Can an attic access hatch be in a kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom?
Saturday, June 25, 2022
There are no rooms in a home that are off-limits for an attic access hatch by International Residential Code (IRC R807). So a bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom is acceptable as long as the hatch is “readily accessible,” the framed rough opening is minimum 22” x 30”, and there is a minimum of 30” of headroom above the opening.
If there is an appliance in the attic—such as a furnace, a/c air handler, or water heater—the opening must be large enough to remove the appliance for replacement, and a passageway to it from the opening must be installed with continuous solid flooring (IRC M1305.1.3). See our article What are the building code requirements for installing an appliance (furnace, air handler, water heater) in the attic? for more details.
Also, see our blog post What are the hazards to avoid when going into an attic?
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