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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

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    Can I add an egress window in a bedroom closet? I assume the entering the closet is not considered leaving the bedroom.
    Sure ... but you ALSO need to add one IN the bedroom too, one which leads directly to the outdoors.

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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

    Trying to avoid replacing existing bedroom windows. What if the closet had no door?


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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

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    Trying to avoid replacing existing bedroom windows. What if the closet had no door?
    Rather than ask a series of "What if" questions, just post the floor plan with elevation of what you have and what you want.
    When ALL of the information is known you might get a reasonable answer.

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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Orme View Post
    Trying to avoid replacing existing bedroom windows. What if the closet had no door?
    Why would that replacing the windows be a problem?


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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

    Walling off and partitioning off existing operable windows from the existing habital room footprint may further disrupt the ratio for number of persons occupying the room and dwelling unit; also disrupting the balance/ratio of both natural light and natural ventillation.

    As indicated previously means of egress as well as emergency escape and rescue openings for the bedroom itself must meet requirements.

    When proposing same a registered design professional should be consulted to prepare stamped plans, and same should be submitted for plan review to the AHJ.


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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

    The OP was about adding an egress window in a closet.
    The existing windows that he does not want to replace in the bedroom should already be legal, he can put any size window in the closet that he wants, egress or not.

    One caveat, if he is being required to put the egress window for some reason then the window cannot be in a closet.

    If the closet truly does not have a door (not just taking the door off the hinges, because it will be put right back on) then it could be in the closet.


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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

    The whole scenario is this: this is a new construction project that has incorrectly spec'd windows in that they meet code for a 1st floor bedroom, but not a 2nd floor bedroom. The windows are installed and the only other exterior wall space would be in the closet. I do not want to yank both existing windows as only replacing one would leave that side of the building at odds geometrically.

    Was hoping to find an easy alternative...


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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Orme View Post
    The whole scenario is this: this is a new construction project that has incorrectly spec'd windows in that they meet code for a 1st floor bedroom, but not a 2nd floor bedroom. The windows are installed and the only other exterior wall space would be in the closet. I do not want to yank both existing windows as only replacing one would leave that side of the building at odds geometrically.

    Was hoping to find an easy alternative...
    Now I think I understand, the installed windows have less than 5.7 sq ft of open area. I think it would be better to replace the 2 windows rather than install a 3rd.
    Putting an egress window may not be allowed, but even if it is, doing so will be problematic.

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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Orme View Post
    The whole scenario is this: this is a new construction project that has incorrectly spec'd windows in that they meet code for a 1st floor bedroom,
    I'm going to throw another curve at you - the windows on the first floor may not even meet the requirement for their location, i.e., a) how high above the floor is the bottom of the window opening when opened; b) how high above the outside grade is the bottom of the window opening when opened?

    The 5.0 square feet may be met when measured from inside, but it also needs to be met measured from outside as that is the direction from which the rescue will take place - the firefighters will be entering from outside, so that needs to meet the code height for 5.0 sf, or even those windows need to be 5.7 sf.

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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

    This is a garage with an apartment above, so first floor has no bedrooms. I found a casement window that looks like a double-hung so I think I will just replace one of the windows. Checking with the manufacturer, but I think a 36x48 casement should meet code for the 5.7 sf.

    Rick, can you explain what you think would be problematic?

    I appreciate the advice.


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    "Rick, can you explain what you think would be problematic?"

    To begin with:
    tearing out drywall
    tearing off exterior siding
    framing for the window

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

    Ah, understood. This is very new construction. . No siding, no drywall, no insulation. Only framing and windows.


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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

    So the real issue is balancing the appearance on one side of the house to that of the 2nd fl garage apartment?

    Or is it cost? Replacing the new windows with larger ones.

    Just bite the bullet, you made a mistake. Just get the right size windows and move on. Charge it off as a learning experience, education is not free. Sell the windows being at a flea market for 25% cost.
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    Get rid of closet. People have to many clothes anyway and put a window there.


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    Default Re: Egress window in bedroom closet

    I assume by people, you mean wives?

    Because I found a casement that has the same rough opening and looks like the double hung, I will just replace one of the windows. Thanks!


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