Door from house to garage--can it swing out?

popedaJuly 7, 2006

We were wondering if code is going to allow us to swing the door from the house into the garage out into the garage to save space in a tight utility room?

We know the door has to be fire rated and have a closer, but it sure would be good if it could open out not in.

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mfbenson

Mine opens out, but code in my area doesn't require a closer. Maybe ask a local inspector?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 12:34PM
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lazypup

In most jurisdictions the door may swing out if the floor on the outside is at the same level or if a minimum size landing is provided. The minimum size of the landing would be determined by your local code.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 8:14PM
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kwhoughton

There is usually nothing wrong with the door opening out. Just remember, if someone can get into you garage, they can remove the hinge pins from an outward opening door because they are exposed to the outside. I have a couple of doors that open to the outside of the house and I had to put lock pins in the hinge pins to keep them from being removed. If I want the door off, I have to remove the whole hinge.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 3:46PM
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