what makes a bedroom in oregon?

Asked by Bb, Eugene, OR Mon May 18, 2009

I own a one-bedroom condo that used to be two bedroom. A previous owner removed a wall between the second larger bedroom and the living room to make a large living area. I would like to return the wall, but would like to know the minimum parameters required for it to be considered a second bedroom again.

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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Tue May 19, 2009
You should check with the city of Eugene's Building dept (see link).

In general the requirements for a bedroom are:
at least 8' x 8' x 8'
a door 32" wide
A window 32" above the floor large enough for a fireman to use
A permanent closet

Each municipality has specific requirements that may vary. My point in investing this time for you is that it would be a shame to go to a lot of time and expense to make your condo a two bedroom and then upon inspection at the time of sale discover that you failed to do it correctly.

Good luck.
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Ronda Prewitt, Agent, Eugene, OR
Mon May 18, 2009
You also need heat besides the closet & Window. Hope this helps you. Have a great Summer. Ronda Prewitt Century 21 Westover Realty, Inc. 541-543-6022
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Sean Guerrero, , 97401
Mon May 18, 2009
Hello Bb

Alexis and Stephen are both right! I just sold a 2 bedroom home plus a den, but it would not appraise. With the new FHA guidlines the appraiser can only go back 90 days for comparables. There were no 2 bedroom homes that he could use. He told me to go to the local store and buy a prefab closet and attach it the wall, which I did. He came back took a picture and needless to say the home appraised. Like Alexis said, it needs the window also. Good luck!
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Alexis Halmy, Agent, Lake Oswego, OR
Mon May 18, 2009
Right and the window must be big enough for a person to get out of (egress) and/or a fireman to get in through.
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The Stephen…, Agent, Portland, OR
Mon May 18, 2009
You need a window and a closet (can be purchased from a local store but must hook into wall).

It also needs certain diameters of total space. 10 X 10 is a rough estimate of the minimum.
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Brian Porter, Agent, Portland, OR
Sun Oct 21, 2012
I copied this info from the Portland Online Website. These are the codes used for Portland Oregon.

29.30.210 Sleeping Room Requirements.

Every room used for sleeping purposes:

A. Shall be a habitable room as defined in this title;

B. Shall not be a kitchen;

C. Shall have natural light, ventilation, and windows or other means for escape purposes as required by this Title; and

D. Shall comply with the following minimum requirements for floor area:

1. Shall have a minimum area of at least 70 square feet of floor area, except that where more than two persons occupy a room used for sleeping purposes, the required floor area shall be increased at the rate of 50 square feet for each person in excess of two. No portion of a room measuring less than 5 feet from the finished floor to the finished ceiling shall be included in any computation of the room’s minimum area.

2. Any dwelling or portion of any dwelling constructed pursuant to permit or lawfully constructed prior to permit requirements shall be deemed in compliance with respect to sleeping room area provided that the deficiency in floor area is no more than 15 percent of that required by Subsection 29.30.210 D 1. This subsection shall not apply where any occupancy has been changed, or the number of occupants has been increased, contrary to the provisions of this Title.

3. Floor area requirements for single-room occupancy housing units shall be in accordance with Section 29.30.290 of this Title.
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Rosemary Cri…, Agent, Eugene, OR
Sun Jun 14, 2009
To clarify, the heat source must be permanent - not a plug-in heater. Eugene has rental rules about this issue, besides it being a lending issue, as well. If your home has forced air heat, you could either have a vent run to that room (if this is possible) or a simple electric heater could be added. Be wary of the placement of the heater - keep in mind the functionality of the room. For example, if you put a heater in the middle of the only wall suitable for a bed that might limit the use of the room. Many people are not comfortable having their bed under a window. Keep that in mind!

Good luck with your remodel!

Kim Crieger Goodwin, Principal Broker
Crieger Goodwin Real Estate Sales
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