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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Default Bedroom in a basement. What are the laws/regulations??

I have a walkout basement with a room that is currently being used as an office. I am looking to turn it into a bedroom. It has two doors, one that goes into the hallway with the stairs, and one that goes into the laundry room, which also has another door to the big room with the sliding door. Does a basement bedroom have to have an egress window?

Links to the building code would be helpful. Thanks!
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:24 AM   #2
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Needs a egress window I believe
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:26 AM   #3
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Needs a egress window I believe
Even with two doors and two different exits?
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:28 AM   #4
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In my township, Vassar, every bedroom had to have an egress window no matter what floor. To be safe for future bedrooms in my basement I put 3 egress windows. I would assume each township or even county may have different codes on this though.
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walk out basement...
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This link may help http://www.ehow.com/list_6306996_mic...uirements.html

Here's the last paragraph:

Exceptions
Habitable spaces in a basement or below the fourth floor of the building are not required to be equipped with egress windows or emergency escape when the area is equipped with an approved automatic sprinkler system that acts as a safety device in the event of a fire. An additional exception is granted when habitable spaces are designed with an exit door that opens directly to a public area, allowing for an alternate escape route.



Read more: Michigan Basement Egress Window Requirements | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6306996_mic...#ixzz2MOQDYnCH
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walk out basement...
Thats great if your bedroom has the door in it, otherwise you need a egress for every bedroom.
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if you're looking for a "legal" bedroom - that is legally listed as such for marketing purposes and safety it needs a closet as well as an egress window.

for safety it needs the egress window/door directly to the outside or the aforementioned wet fire suppression.

speaking of fire suppression systems. I was appraising a 12,000 sq ft very custom house with a 17 car basement level garage. they had a giant picture window at the basement level 'lobby' looking out into the garage. it was far cheaper for them to put in a commercial grade wet suppression system in the garage than it would have been to try to get that giant window fire rated.
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if you're looking for a "legal" bedroom - that is legally listed as such for marketing purposes and safety it needs a closet as well as an egress window.

for safety it needs the egress window/door directly to the outside or the aforementioned wet fire suppression.

speaking of fire suppression systems. I was appraising a 12,000 sq ft very custom house with a 17 car basement level garage. they had a giant picture window at the basement level 'lobby' looking out into the garage. it was far cheaper for them to put in a commercial grade wet suppression system in the garage than it would have been to try to get that giant window fire rated.
let me guess.... their insurance company started charging them more to cover accidental water damage due to the fire suppression system...
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This
But is living space. Mine is taxed as more square footage of living space, because of a door. But not legally a bedroom.

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as long as you put a hood in the center of the room for you to stand on, it is legal for you
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Make sure you check the right size for the egress window also, its changed over the years I believe.
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The only basement law I know is puff puff pass.
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let me guess.... their insurance company started charging them more to cover accidental water damage due to the fire suppression system...
this house has taken 12 years to build, include rework (the owner is VERY picky and made numerous changes along the way - most involving the architect and/or civil engineers). the amount of custom millwork, stonework, etc. it is unbelievable. I don't think his insurance bill is really that big of a deal for him - even if the annual premium could buy a modest house every year.

e.g. most people use synthetic stone - concrete/aggregate tumbled and similar products for faux slate roofs & exterior finish. he used actual stone of various types on the exterior. the roof is also hand cut slate, rather than the synthetic equivalent. I forget the brand name of his appliances, but they were imported from France - when I googled them I discovered that his dishwasher would buy a decent used car. the elevator's interior finish is as nice as that in some law offices I've been in.

the toilet on the 3rd floor rec. room has an auto-raising lid and a heated seat...
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