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Is there supposed to be a gap between the wall and the roof?

Is it supposed to be like that? There needs to be air circulation in unheated space to prevent condensation causing rot. It's freezing up there That is good. It means your loft insulation is ...
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Why are "Attefallshus" (Attefall houses) in Sweden not allowed to be on a land without a big house already on it?

Property values. The same issue is coming up everywhere. In the old days, it was about mobile home parks. And subsidized housing (which tends to be "as small as the builder can get away with"...
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Why are "Attefallshus" (Attefall houses) in Sweden not allowed to be on a land without a big house already on it?

When you want to build the first house on a plot of land, you need something called a build permit (bygglov). The local government (with some input from your new neighbours) will check and see if the ...
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Is there supposed to be a gap between the wall and the roof?

That area is supposed to be open for venting the roof. However it should be covered with a material made of aluminum or vinyl with a type of screen to allow air to enter but keep small animals and ...
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How do building setbacks work on corners of the section?

Save yourself the trouble of wondering: contact your authority having jurisdiction, and ask them exactly this question.
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Standard measures for buildings in the US?

Ceiling height: 8 feet (nominal; 92-5/8" stud length plus 4-1/2" of plates), 9 and 10 feet less common (108" and 120" studs); vaulted ceiling peaks as room size and slope dictate Wall thickness: ...
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Is stacking material under an I-Beam to make it level structurally sound and passing code?

These are metal shims - very very common. You install ibeam and either right after install or after joists are installed you want to level everything out. You will need to shim at least one side. ...
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Fire door modification beyond trim allowance

How likely is it that this would be signed off by Building Control? Highly likely. The way you describe the carpenter's modification proposal it would likely not be easily detected. If it was signed ...
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Does sheathing overlap in corners and what happens to 8' walls?

Sheathing layout is determined by stud layout (and vice versa*), and it's unlikely that a framer lays out studs with an extra ½" in mind. Sheathing usually starts at the end of a wall, or it ...
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NEC 6/12 rule clarification

From the 2014 NEC: 210.52 Dwelling Unit Receptacle Outlets. This section provides requirements for 125-volt, 15- and 20-ampere re-ceptacle outlets. The receptacles required by this section shall be ...
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California building code design requirements for bathrooms

No, that is totally untrue. There are plenty of rules for bathrooms, but what you are describing would make all "master bathrooms" that are only accessible from the master bedroom illegal, and that is ...
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How do building setbacks work on corners of the section?

Asking the building authorities is the way to go. If you have a definitive need to use that area for your construction you can petition the authorities for a Variance. The procedure for that will ...
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How do I tell if an electrician is "qualified" in the UK?

Gov.UK : New website helps people steer clear of rogue electricians The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) authorises bodies to operate schemes under which their members are ...
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Is a conservatory considered living space?

The Code defines “Habitable Space” as, “A space in a building for living, sleeping, eating or cooking. Bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets, halls, storage or utility spaces and similar spaces are not ...
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Running wire through sole plate and joist at an angle

First off that's an amazing question! Most codes would frown upon touching the top or the bottom of a joist in this fashion. That being said it's probably totally fine to make a tiny hole in the ...
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Part P required? Changing Fixed Oven wiring to 13A FCU (UK)

Since April 2013 a kitchen has not been a special location under the amended Part P of the Building Regulations. Under the new, revised regulations, electrical work undertaken in kitchens such ...
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Standard measures for buildings in the US?

I’d read Architectural Graphic Standards. It has standard terms, dimensions, materials, etc. used in the design and construction industry for parking lots, wall construction, roofing, flashing, ...
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How can I slope outdoor rounded steps?

Since they are concrete steps, slope them from the radius point. All the risers will be the same and the only difference will be at grade, which would be the same problem without sloping the treads. ...
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Is the part pointed out by red arrow a stud?

The part pointed at by the blue arrow is a "doubled top plate". In this case, the wall it's on top of is a load-bearing wall. You can tell because the inner ends of the ceiling joists rest on it. If ...
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What is the minimum safe distance between two induction hobs/Stovetops?

We have now completed the build on this project. The hobs/stove tops were installed with a 50mm gap by the sparky/ electrician. Building control/ regulations certificate and safety certificates have ...
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Flood Plain Craziness - Do I really have to listen to the county here?

Since in commentary you've stated that you're already committed to genuine flood-resistant construction, now it's just a matter of documenting that to the satisfaction of insurance companies and the ...
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Why are "Attefallshus" (Attefall houses) in Sweden not allowed to be on a land without a big house already on it?

You're starting from a false premise, you can absolutely buy a plot of land and plonk down a house of any size, 19 square meter house(Swedish text) The key is getting a building permit from the local ...
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Why are "Attefallshus" (Attefall houses) in Sweden not allowed to be on a land without a big house already on it?

First a bit of overview: In Sweden there is planning process in three stages by the municipality (somewhat simplified): first an overview plan (översiktsplan) describes zoning for residential and ...
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In what way is getting a "bygglov" (building permit) in Sweden apparently such a big deal?

Most places, not just Sweden, you need a building permit to build a house/building or any thing above a certain size(a tiny shed usually does not need one). Most places also require a building permit ...
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Discontinuous footer?

Let's see - I guess the actual question is whether it's possible the footer is in sections, and whether that's norma/safe? Safe - well, 20 years and the house is staying put, so probably it's safe. ...
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What can fiberglass insulation NOT touch?

This is pretty late for the op, but for anyone else that comes across this threat. Resilient channel is extremely easy to short circuit, and there are numerous examples for installs gone wrong with ...
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How do you determine the date a house was built?

All of this information will be available on most county (.gov) websites through title information or deeds. They only care about when the house was titled, which as @bib has alluded to comes after a ...
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Foundation for structure on bedrock

I'm not a licensed engineer, but I've been involved in building structures, block, skirted, footing with a kick wall. I do have a BA in Industrial Techlology (the guys that fix what the engineers ...
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Do I need a vent fan in an interior laundry room?

The 2015 IRC (international residential code) requires a 50 cfm fan in the laundry and bath rooms - the exhaust fan is for moisture control
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Do I need a vent fan in an interior laundry room?

Washington State requires a minimum 50 CFM exhaust fan in the laundry room.
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