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kazzea

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Regulation height between top of window and ceiling??
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:31:17 pm »
Hi All,

My snagging list is in the hundreds and is a nightmare trying to get builder to respond. 
However my living room window has just shy of 55mm between the top of the window frame and the ceiling.  Way too small a gap to be able to put up a curtain pole (including the brackets).  Surely there is a minimum standard space between the top of the window and the ceiling?

I have hunted all over including trawling through sections of the NHBC handbook but cannot find the answer.  If anyone could help I would really appreciate it.

Thanks :)


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Re: Regulation height between top of window and ceiling??
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2017, 07:43:27 am »
Obviously the 50mm is not sufficient to fit a curtain batten. On the face of it I expect it is a mistake. The lintels having been installed one or two courses of bricks too low.

I would expect the solution offered by the housebuilder and warranty provider would be to suggest you fit a ceiling mounted curtain pole!

I have had a quick scan of the NHBC standards 2018 online but cannot find any reference to minimum space from top of window to ceiling. I am sure this used to be 225mm from memory, but like a lot of standards I expect it has been deleted!

What was the situation is  the show house and other homes on the development of your house type?
If you can take a photo and prove your home is different they should put this right but how is another matter, fit a smaller window?

I expect the only solution would be to pay you compensation.
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