Basement bedroom regulations

Updated February 21, 2017

There may come a time when you would like another bedroom in your house. It can be less expensive to convert or add a bedroom in your basement. This can work well if your basement is dry and has enough headroom. However, there are certain bedroom regulations that must be followed when you turn a portion of your basement into a bedroom.

Window Width

When you convert part of your basement into a bedroom, you need to make sure the windows are 20 inches wide. This minimum width will allow you to fit your width through the window should there be a fire.

Height of Window

The height of the window needs to be taken into account as well. When you convert the basement you need to make the windows at least 24 inches high.This will allow you to have enough room to easily squeeze through it.

Net Opening of the Window

The net opening of the window needs to be at least 5.7 square feet. Having the window this wide will allow anyone to easily exit the basement when there is an emergency. The window should only be 44 inches above the ground

Inspect the Basement's Systems

The basement needs to be inspected for the systems---the electrical especially. You should also make sure that there is a proper smoke and carbon dioxide sensors as well.

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