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    Default What makes a room a bedroom?

    I know this has been discussed but as a refresher, I ran across the age old questions again from a client. Can this room be a bedroom?

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    Default Re: What makes a room a bedroom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Zehnder View Post
    Can this room be a bedroom?
    Any room "can" be used as a bedroom (sleeping room in code terms).

    However, a sleeping room (bedroom) has specific requirement, which are for the saftey of a sleeping person.

    Such as:
    - EERO (emergency egress and rescue opening)
    - smoke alarms
    - carbon monoxide alarms

    And, being a habitable space, minimum requirements for:
    - natural ventilation
    - natural light
    - heat

    Those are the first things that come to mind.

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    Default Re: What makes a room a bedroom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Any room "can" be used as a bedroom (sleeping room in code terms).

    However, a sleeping room (bedroom) has specific requirement, which are for the saftey of a sleeping person.

    Such as:
    - EERO (emergency egress and rescue opening)
    - smoke alarms
    - carbon monoxide alarms

    And, being a habitable space, minimum requirements for:
    - natural ventilation
    - natural light
    - heat

    Those are the first things that come to mind.
    Jerry,

    Thanks for your thoughts, i guess the issues is the "common" thought from realtors is that there must be a closet?
    I have disagreed but i also comms down to "custom"

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    Default Re: What makes a room a bedroom?

    "Closets" are a relatively 'new' feature in bedrooms.

    Previously, furniture, known as "wardrobes" were used as 'the closet' in a 'bed'room.

    Some think of armoires, but armoires were originally used for storing arms (guns) in.

    Realtor speak is making the plain sound elegant, the small sound cozy, and making use of words to add rooms, or make rooms not suitable for some use as being desirable for that use.

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    Default Re: What makes a room a bedroom?

    That said (my previous reply) ...

    If it is new construction, about all you can technically/legally address is what the room is as shown on the plans (and because some contractors don't want you to see the plans, see below).

    If it it a resale, and if there is a closet present, it is a safe presumption to make that the room was intended to be a bedroom at some point.

    And, if tge preponderance of the evidence leads to it being a bedroom, then all requirements for bedrooms should be looked at/for.

    If new construction and it has a closet but is being shown on the plans as a den or office, there is nothing which prohibits you form saying that the room has the appearance of a bedroom, and as a potential bedroom the room needs (list what it would need as a bedroom).

    Keeping in mind that a den or office without a closet could also be used as a bedroom.

    Jerry Peck
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    Default Re: What makes a room a bedroom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    That said (my previous reply) ...

    If it is new construction, about all you can technically/legally address is what the room is as shown on the plans (and because some contractors don't want you to see the plans, see below).

    If it it a resale, and if there is a closet present, it is a safe presumption to make that the room was intended to be a bedroom at some point.

    And, if tge preponderance of the evidence leads to it being a bedroom, then all requirements for bedrooms should be looked at/for.

    If new construction and it has a closet but is being shown on the plans as a den or office, there is nothing which prohibits you form saying that the room has the appearance of a bedroom, and as a potential bedroom the room needs (list what it would need as a bedroom).

    Keeping in mind that a den or office without a closet could also be used as a bedroom.
    Jerry,

    Thank you for your thoughts.

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