Following up on last night's blog "what is a bedroom?" this topic was a discussion on today's radio show.
What defines a bedroom?
It would be nice if the real estate community could decide exactly what makes a bedroom and stick to it.
Here are some of the pointers. Remember different regions have different rules so check your area and see if any of these apply.
-The room must have a minimum square footage, usually 70-80.
-The room must have a minimum ceiling height...usually 7'.
-The room needs at least a 7' x 7' space with 7' high ceiling. You cannot finish a room with lower ceilings and call it a kid's bedroom. You cannot call a hallway a bedroom.
-The room needs to have a door and a window for an emergency escape. However there are plenty of homes that were built with small high windows, especially ranchers. I have not seen these home homes listed with zero bedrooms.
-The room must have a permanent heating source. A space heater does not count.
-The room that is adjacent and opens to a garage is not acceptable.
-Smoke detectors are required and some areas have a code that requires hard wiring.
- Closets. What we have all been taught is that a bedroom must have one. Even though most do I did not find that code requirement.
-The number of bedrooms has to match the septic system capacity.
How do you define a bedroom?
A bed does not a bedroom make!