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Building Renovations – Legal Ceiling Heights Can Affect Designs

When you’re looking to purchase a home in Brisbane or other Queensland areas, one of the considerations is – can I extend or build-in underneath the house?  Many of the older style homes have what was originally a breeze way to allow better air ventilation for cooling as well as to keep termites away.  The structures didn’t take into cosideration that you’d want to enclose the area for living space and therefore more often than not it is not the legal height.

The Building Code of Australia’s requirements are for when you build a new dwelling or extend an existing one you have to be very clear about ceiling heights for habitable rooms.  A bedroom, lounge or rumpus are considered “Habitable Rooms”, while kitchens, laundries and hall ways have different height restrictions.

A habitable room requires 2.4m from the finished floor to the lowest part of the ceiling and kitchens or laundries  require 2.1m. Read more about ceiling height restrictions.  There are also different rules for sloped ceilings and rooms that are not intended for extended use. The reasons for all the rules include safety, health and sustainability as well as meeting energy efficiency and termite protection standards. 

If you’re buying or selling your property and need a house inspection to determine what is and isn’t the legal house height – please book a time for a building inspection today.

If there is any doubt about a ceiling height – you should speak to your local council:

Brisbane City Council – altering character houses

Ipswich City Council – building approvals 

Logan City Council – building and planning

Gold Coast Council – planning and development considerations



ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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