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Does a Garage floor need to be lower than the house?

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Thursday, October 27, 2011, In : Garage 
The garage floor does not have to be lower than the floor in your house.  However it is advisable - if your garage floods or there is an oil leak then the step up into the house will prevent the leak from spreading.
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Do I need to install a Firedoor between my garage and a habitable room?

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Thursday, September 22, 2011, In : Garage 
You will need to install a firedoor - SABS 0400 TT9.2 states that any door between a garage and a habitable room shall be a solid timber door not less than 40mm thick and with a fire resistance of 1 hour.  You will also need to make sure that a firewall has been built between the garage and the house.  This is a 220mm wide wall to the roof/underslide of concrete slab.
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Does a garage need to have a concrete floor?

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Sunday, May 22, 2011, In : Building 
It is best to have a concrete floor in a garage to consistently take loads and it is easy to clean.  However you can get away with paving so long as the ground beneath has been well compacted and a surface screed has been laid to discourage weed growth.  I believe that a concrete floor is going to be the cheapest and simplest option long-term. 

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