California building code change may increase legal living space of some homes

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A recent change in the California building code may make homes larger, at least on paper.

May 23, 2012

A recent change in the California building code may make homes larger, at least on paper. The minimum ceiling height for living rooms, bedrooms, and other living space has been 7 feet, 6 inches for many years, but the California code changes effective Jan. 1, 2012 allow for residential ceilings to be as low as 7 feet. If an existing room has a ceiling lower than 7 feet, 6 inches but higher than 7 feet, it may now be possible to consider it living space.

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