Door Height For Basement Bathroom

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Posted by: from Scarborough
2/27/2020 at 9:39:28 PM

The only place I can put a door on my new basement bathroom has two hvac ducts which only leaves 80 inches to accommodate door height. The building code seems to suggest the minimum height for a bathroom door is 78 inches. If there is no exception to this, does anyone have a solution? The door will be opening directly onto a large room - no hallway, if this is a determining factor.



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Tyler from Kirk's Renovations in London
Date/Time2/28/2020 at 7:45:34 AM

Is it 80 from the floor to the bottom of the bulkhead? Or has the bulkhead not been framed yet?

If the opening you have is 80 that should be more than enough to accommodate a 78 door.

Even if the bulkhead has not been framed, though, you may be able to frame it in such a way that the drywall is directly against the ducts. This would still allow a 78 door and jamb to work. It's hard to say without seeing it though.

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Date/Time2/28/2020 at 9:31:43 AM

With an 80-inch not opening you can fit a door in there by code. Another option is putting a pocket door in if it's feasible and you have space. I suggest you call a trusted Pro contractor in your local area to get a quote and have your door installed. The bad news is I heard you got a lot of snow LOL

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Diane in Scarborough
Date/Time3/4/2020 at 12:25:04 AM

Thanks all for your advice. You guys make life a lot easier. Still learning, but getting more knowledgeable every day. Not ready for the golden tool belt yet though!


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