13 July 2006
Locate full bathrooms near bedrooms and out of sight of other areas of the house. In
two-story units, a half-bath should serve the first floor. When a half-bath is provided on
the main floor, consider access to both guests and family activities. Open a half-bath to
circulation space rather than to a habitable room. In units having three or more
bedrooms, the master bedroom should have a private full bathroom. Include a tub with
shower assembly in at least one full bathroom in each unit.
Family housing units must include a master bedroom, plus one or more additional
bedrooms. Separate these sleeping areas from all other functional areas of the house,
conveniently located near bathrooms. Provide access to bathrooms from bedrooms,
without passage through other rooms of the house. For new construction bedrooms
should be designed to accommodate a king size bed in master bedroom, and a full size
bed in other bedrooms. In new construction, units for the rank of O7+ should have a
bedroom located on ground floor adjacent to public areas with a private full bath.
A secondary eating area may be provided in the form of an oversized kitchen, breakfast
bar, or family room and dining area. This secondary eating area may be in direct sight
of food preparation areas, but not in direct sight of a bathroom.
The primary eating area may be a separate dining room, or combined dining and living
room. If so, it should be of adequate size to accommodate a table and chairs, and
china cabinet or buffet. The dining room should not be in direct sight of bathrooms or
food preparation area. Design the circulation pattern through the dining room so that
traffic flow is directed along one wall, and not through middle of room. Provide a
separate dining room for O7+.
Provide each housing unit with a lighted foyer and nearby coat closet. Locate entrance
adjacent to living room. Provide access to other areas without passing directly through
the living room, unless the living room width includes the minimum living room space
and circulation width. Foyers should have a minimum dimension of 1.2 m (4 ft), and
entrance door should not be in direct sight of living room. For renovations and
improvements consider entrance foyer requirement whenever it is economically