Room has to have a certain ceiling height (I think it's 6'6"), a closet and most importantly an egress window or exit that is large enough and accessible enough for a fire fighter to get in to rescue someone. Makes sense, doesn't it? So, in the room you describe, if the "door with full glass insert exiting the building" would most likely meet the requirement of the egress opening to allow entrance.
A bedroom in Spanish is Cuarto (4th). So a bedroom to be "legal" needs:
1. - an "exit" window (as everyone mention)
2. - A door
3, - a closet
4. - a livable space (2x2 is not a livable space)
4 parts = Cuarto / bedroom.
SECTION R305 CEILING HEIGHT
R305.1 Minimum height.
Habitable space, hallways, bathrooms, toilet rooms, laundry rooms and portions of basements containing these spaces shall have a ceiling height of not less than 7 feet (2134 mm).
1. For rooms with sloped ceilings, at least 50 percent of the required floor area of the room must have a ceiling height of at least 7 feet (2134 mm) and no portion of the required floor area may have a ceiling height of less than 5 feet (1524 mm).
2. Bathrooms shall have a minimum ceiling height of 6 feet 8 inches (2032 mm) at the center of the front clearance area for fixtures as shown in Figure R307.1. The ceiling height above fixtures shall be such that the fixture is capable of being used for its intended purpose. A shower or tub equipped with a showerhead shall have a minimum ceiling height of 6 feet 8 inches (2032 mm) above a minimum area 30 inches (762 mm) by 30 inches (762 mm) at the showerhead.
Portions of basements that do not contain habitable space, hallways, bathrooms, toilet rooms and laundry rooms shall have a ceiling height of not less than 6 feet 8 inches (2032 mm).
Exception: Beams, girders, ducts or other obstructions may project to within 6 feet 4 inches (1931 mm) of the finished floor.
St. Charles, Mo
Height must be 7 ft. over 50% of the room must have two exits. Min of 5.7 sq. ft. must be at least 70 sq. ft. and not smaller then 7 ft. in any direction. Does not require a window just two exits if there is a window min. opening 24 H and 20 w closets are optional. Hope this helps
A Bedroom Must:
1. Have a closet (except older homes).
2. Have a door .
3. Have a window, large enough for emergency exit.
4. Be large enough to hold a bed.
Please treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. Do not waste our time and gas posting condos as single family, over counting bedrooms, and other "creative marketing" to cause the property to appear as something different than it actually is.
I did exactlly what Patti suggested, as well as what just about every body else suggested. I did talk to Barnum and Carlton, and they thave nothing specific regarding legal bedroom definition, or if there needs to be a window, or size. As for the MLS, I was told that there generally has to be 2 entrances to the room, one which must be accessable in case of fire, such as a window, even if it is locked. Becasue the door insert is glass and can be broken for entrance, it falls into that catagory. I have checked this with 3 different appraisers about this, and they all said the identical thing.
Thanks for all the information - it led me in the right direction.
The definition of a legal bedroom varies from city ot city and a closet is generally not a part of the definition. However the fact that there is no window is a major concern. The building codes most likely specifies a window of at least a certain size for egress in the event of a fire.
Check with the city of Barnum and if they do not have a specific building code, then check with Carleton County. Or ask you agent to check for you.
Generally they are concerned about egress windows, floorspace, and ceiling height.
In the end however there is no "legal definition" of what constitutes a bedroom.
The MLS governing body determines what they consider a bedroom and thusly what can be listed in the MLS as a bedroom.
The County determines what they will tax as a bedroom.
The folks who write the building codes define what the code says a bedroom is.
In the end because their is no actual statutory definition on the books there will always be debate on the subject. Ultimately the MLS usually has the greatest credence because they dictate what we are allowed to list in their database and therefore how we are allowed to market a given property.
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The city that has jurisdiction regarding building permits will tell you.
Normally the rules are:
2. Window large enough for a fireman to enter. Usually 32" off the floor.
4. Dimensions 8 ' x 8' x 8'
I would go to the local dept. of building and safety and ask them for the permits of this property. The permits will tell you what is legal and approved. It is possible that modifications have been completed AFTER the permits were approved (I.E. unpermitted work)
Confer with tax county records most include bedroom and bath count
If a home has a closet it can in most circumstance be considered as a bedroom, not all rooms are used as a bedroom can be misleading when you preview a home.
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