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Thin line divides sharp practice and malpractice

Many years ago, I designed a scheme that included a loft conversion which the client intended to use as a child's bedroom. Unfortunately, the 1972 Building Regulations required minimum ceiling heights to be provided over a prescribed proportion of a habitable room's floor area. Having consulted that wonderful illustrated text, A Guide to the Building Regulations, by A J Elder, I was in no doubt: the application would be refused. I pointed out to the client that the standards could not ...

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