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Rules for Home Renovations

If you are planning to renovate your home, you must stay informed on the rules that your province or state establish that need to be followed. For instance, the Ontario Building Code is a document for building construction in Ontario, and it has a section just for renovations. However, if you are doing renovations, the code is less stringent than if you were doing new construction. It is important to remember that a contractor should know the code and follow it so you have peace of mind.

Major Occupancy

This should not be an issue for home renovations, but it is important to note that if you are changing the major occupancy of a building, such as mixing occupancies, the legislation can be very tricky. Therefore, consulting a professional makes it a lot easier for you.

Building Systems

This is a bit obvious, but it is important to make sure that all the building systems are properly working. These systems are sprinklers, electricity, and plumbing. If you are adding a room to your home, you cannot extend your old nob and tube wiring to bring electricity to the new room.

Performance Level

If the performance level of the building is reduced, you will need to compensate for it somewhere in the construction. Many factors go into performance level, which can be complicated. However, some include a change in occupancy, converting a room into an entertainment room, converting a building to something else, no egress routes in a building with more than three stories, and the list goes on.

Basic Renovations

If you are not changing the performance level, then you can continue to do your renovation. However, the code states that the construction must reuse, relocate, or extend similar materials or components to retain the existing character, heritage value, structural uniqueness, or appearance. The code also states that the renovation cannot affect the early warning and evacuation systems, fire separations, the structure of the building, or create an unhealthy environment.

Compensating Construction

If the performance level is changed, you will need to compensate for those changes in your construction. For instance, if there was a structural change, you will need to make sure that all new loads are properly supported. Additionally, you will need to upgrade plumb, sewage, and safety warnings to accommodate the new space. If you are adding a room, it is important to take into consideration that you will have to upgrade the plumbing and electricity to keep everything up to code.

If you want to renovate your home stress-free, Astaneh Construction can help you. Our team of experts can help you to envision the flow of your home and develop consistency throughout the home. Additionally, we will find the quickest way to get to your home just like saw it in your dreams and help you by laying out a time-centric roadmap. If you want to learn more about home renovation in Toronto, click here for more information.

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