I had a plumber out this afternoon to look at my kitchen/powder room renovation plans and he brought something up that no other plumbers I've spoken with had mentioned:
AC-310.6.2 Location Near Food Handling or Storage Areas. The doors of toilet rooms in any
establishment regulated by Article III of the Rules and Regulations of the Allegheny County
Health Department shall not open directly into any kitchen or dining rooms, or any room in which
food, drink, or utensils are handled or stored. When such toilet rooms are located adjacent to the
kitchen or dining areas, an intervening vestibule of at least three feet square shall be provided.
I'm planning on moving my existing kitchen into the current dining room, and then putting a small powder room where the existing kitchen is. Sort of like this sketchup drawing below:
Right now, there's no door between the kitchen and dining room. If I had to, I could put one in (or a double door, perhaps, to keep the swing to a minimum).
But more the point, what constitutes adjacent? What constitutes a vestibule? Must I have two separate doors before a door into a powder room? What if the door is 5 feet away from the door into the dining room?
Does that also mean I cannot have any cabinets on the opposite wall of the (ex) kitchen to store things?
I realize this might not be a code that applies to most people on here (maybe @Brice Burrell
?), but I'm curious how you all would approach it.
It's not the end of the world if a powder room isn't in the cards, but it sure would be nice to have one.