Tag Archives: habitable space

Temporary Walls

New York City apartments’ rents have skyrocketed over the past few decades—a staggering 75% in the past 15 years.  Unless you’re a Wall Street banker, you’re going to need to get creative if you want to live in the Big Apple and afford the rent.  Many people who choose to get roommates to split the rent aren’t keen about sacrificing their privacy, though, and ask about creating extra rooms with temporary walls.  Here’s what you need to know about creating “new” rooms with temporary walls. More Info

What Rooms Count as Habitable Spaces?

Many renovations involve creating new rooms or altering the dimensions of existing rooms.  In order to be approved by the Department of Buildings, however, rooms must meet certain criteria in order to be labeled “habitable.”  You can’t, for instance, build a 60 square foot room with no windows and call it a bedroom and expect plans to be approved.  The following room types are considered habitable and must follow habitable room guidelines (see here): More Info