I have a fairly standard 2 up-2 down type house with a reasonable sized
garden. I have been thinking about getting a balcony constructed on the
side, with a door located on the upstairs landing.
Are there any particular building regulations I need to be aware of?
Will it form part of any reasonable escape route, or hinder access to
The balustrade should comply with Approved Document K1,2,3 i.e.. guarding
should not be easily climbed by children, this basically means you need a
vertical rather than horizontal infill. Minimum height 1100mm, preclude the
passage of a 100mm sphere, strong enough to resist horizontal force of ?:
it's in BS6399, but let's assume reasonably strong.
If you are planning a projection then construction should follow usual rules
regarding supported loads etc.
The main aim is to provide a covered area beneath, where I can work outside;
the original idea was a tri-wall plastic roof, but I'm nervous of the
possibility of someone trying to gain access and falling through; I'd
probably be liable even if someone was trying to break-in! A balcony would
be safer, but would require a suitable secure door for access.
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