06:55AM | 06/30/99
I'm trying to find a source for a definition
of what a 1/2 story is. We're planning
a house remodel and our township's height restriction is 2 1/2 stories but they
do not define what 1/2 a story is. Thanks!


08:56AM | 06/30/99
Uku, while I'm not sure of this I'd have to guess that a half story would refer to an attic. For example a two story house with an attic could be qualified as actually being 2 stories of living space with a half story of storage/venting/access area. Like I said, I cannot be certain of this definition, but maybe some of the others (DR HOME, KANSAZ, Etc.) will provide a more definitive answer.

Big Bob

11:39AM | 06/30/99
Uku, In my county the height restriction is 25 feet above grade. At 10 feet per story, 25 feet is 2 1/2 stories. My county also requires that the finished floor is 12 inches above grade, I believe that only leaves 24 feet. Hope this helps.


09:58AM | 07/01/99
My guess is that a half story would refer to a split level situation where a floor is only set partially underground. This story is not considered a basement but is actually lower than the entry level. Its only a guess but that's what I first thought of.


12:33PM | 07/14/99

A half story has nothing to do with hight it's the square footage of floor space.

To make it simple: half as much space. Most bungalos and Cape cods are 1 1/2 stories tall. This usuallly means four to 6 LARGE rooms on the 1st floor with 3 to four SMALL rooms upstairs.

Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon