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Old 30.10.2016, 10:33
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Re: Building a kitchen in a non-living space?

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I am English and I didn't know what the were called in English either, I do however know what they are in French.
Actually now I come to think of it not many places in the U.K. have them so I guess it's more of a US term.
I'd have called that a 'light well' rather than a window well.

They've become more common in the UK over the last couple of decades as people have been convert cellars into living space..... but the new fire regs. stipulate that you have to be able to escape from the cellar that way too so at least one bigger dug-out space and an opening window of a certain size is now required rather than a smallish hole with a grill across it. Which of course means you need a larger bit of ground surface outside that you can sacrifice and rules out sneaking a small light well into a pavement for example!
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