The original floor plan of our split level home had the crawl space door in the garage. The previous owners converted half of the garage to a laundry room and put up wainscoting and a matching wood door in front of the crawl space. None of the improvements were done to code or with a permit.
The inspection states that we need to have a fire rated door to the crawl space. Can someone explain exactly what this means?
I found a fire rated utility access door at HD, but the biggest size is 22" by 30" and the actual door opening is closer to 32" by 36".
- Should it be framed in?
- Drywalled over?
- How do I get it to match the current wainscoting?
Further, why do I need a fire rated door when it's inside the house and the walls were not fire rated?
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