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By The Jetty Group - Realtors Who Care | Agent in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Is that Really a Bedroom?

Have you ever looked at a home that claimed it was 5BR and it was actually a 3BR.  Were they calling a loft and/or a room in the basement a bedroom? Don't be fooled and find out it wasn't true when the home is appraised or worse yet, when you are trying to sell it. Be an informed consumer by knowing the facts.

SOURCE: International Residential Building Code 2003

  • Sleeping Rooms – Door / Closet / Egress Window / Smoke Detector (inside each sleeping room AND one in the area directly outside the sleeping areas)
  • Room size: 70SF, not less that 7 ft in any horizontal dimension
  • Ceiling Height: min. 7 ft (this hold true for all habitable spaces, hallways, bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements.
  • Exception: beams spaced not less than 4’on center may project no more that 6” into the 7’ min ceiling height.
  • EVERY Sleeping Room and/or Basement with habitable space shall have at least 1 openable emergency escape (aka: a door) and recue window or exterior door opening.  

  Window must be operational from the inside and have:

1.   Sill height on not more than 44” above the Finished Floor

2.   Min Clear Opening Height – 24”

3.   Min Clear Opening Width – 20”

4.   Window Wells with a depth greater that 44” must have a permanent ladder





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