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I have a client who has started to create a disabled guest bedroom and bathroom leading off a kitchen/diner area.  I have concerns about this. 

1- The kitchen/diner would be considered as a higher risk room and the escape route would involve going through the kitchen.

2- If the person requires assistance in getting out and are alone, someone needs to come through the kitchen to get to them.

3- I dont think this complies with building regs anyway but cant find anything definite.

4 - Apart from anything else its not a good look having a toilet/bathroom that can be seen from the dining room table.

This is in a guest house which sleeps 8.

Any pointers would be much appreciated.

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Hi Tom, thanks for that. I failed to mention I am in Scotland so will try and find  the relevant sections within the Technical Documents. I would imagine the guidance is very similar.

Iain

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Hi Tom, Yes , as I thought, not allowed.

On another subject regarding the same house, they have installed a NEST smoke alarm system which seems to be a domestic grade system. Although this is a guest house which is restricted to having 8 guests, because it is a large property with 2 levels more than 200m2 in area I have to use the guidance for medium and large sleeping premises. Does this then bring the alarm and detection into the realms of commercial requirements?

 

Iain

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All the different guidance in Scotland for sleeping premises has been revised and consolidated into one document:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/practical-fire-safety-guidance-existing-premises-sleeping-accommodation/

From your description the section for smaller guest houses will probably apply:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/practical-fire-safety-guidance-existing-premises-sleeping-accommodation/pages/12/

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