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How a Three Bedroom Septic can convert to a Four Bedroom Septic in 2019

Posted by Stanton Homes on Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 20:10 PM

What to do if you want to build a 4 Bedroom home and your lot is rated for a 3 Bedroom Septic System

 
"Can it be possible to build a 4 bedroom home on my lot if my septic has been rated for a 3 bedroom home?"
 
BasementFoundationSeptic questions like this are common in North Carolina, as nearly every lot larger than .5 acres requires a septic system - and most systems are rated for 3 bedrooms.
 
The assumption is that there will be 2 people living full time in the home for every bedroom. So a 3 bedroom septic is presuming there will be 6 people. 
 
Here are two options to ask your builder about:

1.  Septic Option:  Modify Your Floor Plan

In general, a room is determined to be a bedroom if it has egress window (a window you could open and leave the room from in case of emergency), a closet, and a door.  Another factor is direct access or being close to a bathroom.  

CabotExterior-1But if your builder converts the bedroom to an office by removing the closet and expanding the doorway to either a wide opening without a door or possibly a pair of French doors, this could allow acceptance by the building department. 

If the fourth bedroom is upstairs, your builder may be able to convert it to an open bonus room or loft.  You'll still have all the same square footage and usable space, but the room will be much more open. 

2.  Septic Option - Panel Block Septic System

It may be possible to install a panel block septic system instead of a standard septic system, depending on the soil determinations and requirements for your Improvement Permits. 

A panel block system can expand the capabilities of a standard septic system to support at least one extra bedroom. 

But it can also add 25% to 75% to the cost of installing a septic system, depending on how close the original septic system layout came to supporting that fourth bedroom.   

A panel block septic system needs to be approved by the building department, and a lot of factors can come into play, such as that soil type and requirements that vary by county. 

Every lot is unique.  To best determine your options, have a trusted NC build on your lot builder review your lot and your septic system permit.  

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How to Convert a Three Bedroom Septic to Four Bedroom Septic

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 @ 14:07 PM

What to do when your lot is rated for a 3 Bedroom Septic System

"I have a septic rated for a 3 bedroom home.  How do I build a 4 bedroom home on my lot?"
 
NC build on your lot | expand septic systemThis NC build on your lot builder hears questions like these quite a bit.
 
Some homebuyers are surprised to find how common septic systems are in North Carolina.
Most lots larger than .5 acres will require a septic system. 
 
But knowing the right questions to ask, up front, will keep you comfortable.
 
When buying a lot in the Raleigh area, there are two important septic system questions that need to be answered. 

First - does the lot perk?  If the answer is yes, great! If not, ask your builder to go over the options with you, during our free lot inspection.

Second, how many bedrooms is the lot rated for?  You'll want to make sure the rating supports the number of bedrooms you want to build.

But what if you've already purchased a lot that is rated for a 3 bedroom septic system?

If you're looking to build a four bedroom home but have purchased or are considering a three bedroom septic lot, there are several options.

1.  Septic Options:  Rethink Your Floor Plan

Probably the least expensive option is to rework some of the interior areas of the home.

If you're planning to use that fourth bedroom specifically for an office, a few little changes could allow your custom home plan to be approved by the county.

In general, a room is determined to be a bedroom if it has egress window (a window you could open and leave the room from in case of emergency), a closet, and a door.  Another factor is access to a bath - a bedroom may also have direct access or be close to a bathroom.  

How to Expand 3 Bedroom Perk Septic System | NC Custom HomebuildersBut if your builder converts the bedroom to an office by removing the closet and expanding the doorway to either a wide opening without a door or possibly even a pair of French doors, this could allow you to gain approval to build the floor plan. 

If the fourth bedroom is upstairs, your builder may be able to convert it to an open bonus room or loft.  You'll still have all the same square footage and usable space, but the room will be much more open. 

2.  Septic Options - Panel Block Septic System

If a floor plan change just won't do, you might consider a panel block septic system instead of a standard septic system. 

A panel block system can expand the capabilities of a standard septic system to support at least one extra bedroom. 

But it can also add 25% to 75% to the cost of installing a septic system, depending on how close the original septic system layout came to supporting that fourth bedroom.   

A panel block septic system does need to be approved by the county, and a lot of factors can come into play, such as soil type and requirements that vary by county. 

Every lot is unique.  To best determine your options, have a trusted NC build on your lot builder review your lot and your septic system permit.  They might just have some great ideas for you.

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Septic Systems Have Bedroom Limits - What's Yours? | NC Custom Homebuilders

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 @ 06:11 AM

Septic System Bedroom Limits | Building a Custom Home

What to do when your lot is rated for a 3 Bedroom Septic System

One of the questions this NC custom homebuilder hears often is "I have a septic rated for a 3 bedroom home.  How do I build a 4 bedroom home on my lot?"
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Septic System 3 Bedroom | NC Custom HomebuildersSeptic systems are very, very common in the Raleigh area.
Most lots larger than .5 acres will require a septic system. 
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But knowing the right questions to ask, up front, will keep you comfortable.
When buying a lot in the Raleigh area, there are two important septic system questions that need to be answered. 

First - does the lot perk?  If the answer is yes, great! If not, ask your builder to go over the options with you, during our free lot inspection.

Second, how many bedrooms is the lot rated for?  You'll want to make sure the rating supports the number of bedrooms you want to build.

But what if you've already purchased a lot that is rated for a 3 bedroom septic system?

If you're looking to build a four bedroom home but have purchased or are considering a three bedroom septic lot, there are several options.

1.  Septic Options:  Rethink Your Floor Plan

What do you plan to use the fourth bedroom for?

Probably the least expensive option is to rethink some of the interior space of the home.

If you're planning to use that fourth bedroom specifically for an office, a few small changes could allow your custom home plan to be approved by the county.

In general, a room is called a bedroom if it has egress window (a window you could open and escape out of in case of emergency), a closet, and a door.  Another factor is access to a bath - a bedroom may also have direct access or be close to a bathroom.  

How to Expand 3 Bedroom Perk Septic System | NC Custom HomebuildersBut if your builder converts the bedroom to an office by removing the closet and expanding the doorway to either a wide opening without a door or possibly even a pair of French doors, this could allow you to gain approval to build the floor plan. 

If the fourth bedroom is upstairs, your builder may be able to convert it to an open bonus room or loft.  You'll still have all the same square footage and usable space, but the room will be much more open. 

2.  Septic Options - Panel Block Septic System

If a floor plan change won't work for you, consider a panel block septic system instead of a standard septic system. 

This system can expand the capabilities of a standard system to support at least one extra bedroom. 

But it can also add 25% to 75% to the cost of installing a septic system, depending on how close the original plan came to supporting that fourth bedroom.   

A panel block septic system does need to be approved by the county, and a lot of factors can come into play, such as soil type and requirements that vary by county. 

Every lot is unique.  To best determine your options, have a trusted NC custom homebuilder review your lot and your septic system permit.  They might just have some great ideas for you.

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