August 13, 2011 at 3:32 am
Hi, very informative and helpful. Hope you’re still following this and might have time to read and reply.
I’m doodling/daydreaming my retirement build and found this on looking for some guidelines on attached garage issues. I was aware of most of those noted but the attic hatch one was new to me. Good call, seems pretty obvious in hindsight. What about wrapping the wood support frame for the door in drywall for the same fire rating?
Also, looking ahead I’m trying to make the place as handicapped friendly as possible. I was hoping to keep it all on the same level and avoid the requirement of the step up from the garage floor to the house floor.
A steel fire rated door with self closer is the only real choice, but is it enough without a step? Currently retirement is leaning to Florida if it’s a code issue you’re aware of there. Any other options? Room for a ramp is possible but not ideal.
On another bit I was hoping to install the HVAC unit in the garage but obviously there are concerns with vapors, fumes, open flame. Maybe a sealed unit? Any thoughts on that or is it a total no go?
Maybe in the garage attic? Being Florida it’ll probably be just VAC, no heating (using room baseboard electric for the rare chilly times) so that would at least leave out the open flame. The plans I’m starting with do have the water heater in the garage, but maybe they’re thinking electric rather than gas.