What is the primary area?

The primary area is everything that can be defined as living space in your dwelling. Primary areas must be accessible via a door or stairs. See also the clarification of primary areas - cloakrooms or changing rooms.

The following are considered primary areas:

  • Porches, hallways and stairwells
  • Lounges, basement living rooms and living rooms with an open fireplace
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms, shower rooms, toilets and laundry rooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Work rooms (home offices, PC rooms, media rooms, libraries)
  • Utility rooms, changing rooms and playrooms
  • Fitness rooms (must have permanently installed equipment, e.g. wall bars)
  • Furnished hobby rooms (sewing rooms, etc.)
  • Furnished corridors between primary areas, including stairways between primary areas
  • Glazed insulated balconies (sunrooms) 

The following rooms are secondary rather than primary areas:

  • Garages
  • Boiler rooms, refuse rooms and technical rooms
  • Food cellars, potato cellars and unfurnished basement rooms
  • Cloakrooms (see also the clarification of primary areas - cloakrooms or changing rooms)  
  • Sheds, storerooms and closets
  • Unfurnished lofts
  • Technical rooms and corridors, including stairways between secondary areas (regardless of furnishings and how much they have been improved)