I am changing a room from an office space to a bedroom, in Massachusetts. In order to do this I need to add

Asked by Shelli, Massachusetts Fri Jun 20, 2008

a closet. Are there particular dimensions the closet would need to be (or square footage) for it to be considered another bedroom?

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John Savigna…, Agent, Hopkinton, MA
Fri Jun 20, 2008
You should check with the local building inspector. I believe its not the closet that determines a bedroom, but it has to have a means of egress, in case of fire and if you are on a septic system, you would need a septic system that is rated for the number of bedrooms. certainly people will expect a closet.
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Georgi Muell…, Agent, Pepperell, MA
Sat Jul 21, 2012
To be considered a bedroom according to MA sanitary code a room must have a source of natural light and not be the access to a bathroom (you must not have to go through it to get to the bathroom). A lot of older homes had bedrooms next to each other with the bath in the back so you had to go through one to get to the other. The code does not require a closet. That said, I agree with Kymie's comments--you should have one.
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Bstn.bn, Home Buyer, Boston, MA
Fri Jun 27, 2008
For a bedroom to be considered a bedroom in MA you DO need a closet.
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Kymie Cooksey, Agent, Beekman, NY
Sun Jun 22, 2008
As John stated, people expect a closet in a bedroom. Regardless of whether or not one is technically required for it to be considered a bedroom, you ought to put one in nonetheless. This is a huge plus for a room and something that can be very inexpensive to add. When potential buyers go into a room without a closet, they tend to think, "What is this room supposed to be?" You don't want to do renovations and skip out on this important step! Another 'plus' you may want to consider is the actual design of your closet-to-be. Think about what sort of problems you may have had with closets you've had in the past. Either there was a lot of wasted space on the top of closet, too much hanging space with a lack of any shelving, etc. Consider designing your closet to be efficient for the people of the 21st century who tend to have lots of clothes and in a woman's case, LOTS OF SHOES AND HANDBAGS! Just remember to keep your materials of good quality, but not to 'overspend' on these upgrades as you want to be sure you get back a minimum of 100% return on your investment. Good luck! Check out the article from diynetwork.com which you may find helpful in the design and construction of your bedroom closet!
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