13 July 2006
Hallways, stairways, and stairwells should be dedicated to circulation. Particular
attention should be given to these areas to minimize floor space lost to circulation.
Proper placement of door openings can produce more usable floor space. Design
circulation areas to permit movement of a queen size box spring. Minimum hallway
width of 1.1 m (3 ft 6 in) is recommended.
Locate kitchen adjacent to dining room and family room, with direct access to each.
Provide a visual separation between kitchen and all formal living areas. Convenient
access from kitchen to a covered parking area, and to interior utility and exterior service
areas, is desirable. Provide 1.2 m (4 ft) minimum space between fronts of cabinets.
Provide a laundry area large enough to accommodate side-by-side washing machine
and dryer, plus shelving or cabinets for storing laundry supplies, located out of sight of
entry, entertainment, and eating areas, and within conditioned space. Do not locate
laundry area within a bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. Exhaust from moisture-producing
equipment (e.g. clothes dryers) must be vented to the exterior.
Note: Ventless clothes dryers are not acceptable in humid area locations.
Living Room - Family Room.
Units with three or more bedrooms should be provided with a family room, separate
from the living room. Each room should include one wall with a minimum length of 3 m
(10 ft) to accommodate a sofa and end tables. Often several compatible living functions
can be combined advantageously into a single "Great Room." However, this Great
Room should be able to accommodate multiple furniture arrangements associated with
spaces that are combined. Benefits of such arrangements are that the combined space
can be used more efficiently. For adjacent spaces to be considered a combined room,
a clear opening between them, at least 2.4 m (8 ft) wide, should permit concurrent and
separate use of the space. Minimum dimension of living room should be 3.6 m (11 ft 8
Interior Storage and Closets.
Provide storage areas in the form of clothes closets, linen closets, and bulk storage in
housing unit for seasonal personal effects. Interior bulk storage is in addition to
required closet area and exterior storage. Minimum interior bulk storage space of 1.5
m2 (16 ft2) should be provided.