If you have an unfinished basement, you may be considering a remodel to convert the unused space into a bedroom. This can help to increase the value of your property. However, not all spaces can be labeled as a true bedroom. If your space does not meet specific requirements, it may be labeled as a bonus room, rather than a bedroom. While this may still increase the value of your home, it typically will not bring in as much value as an added bedroom. Here are a few of the factors your space must meet to be labeled a bedroom.
In order for your space to be deemed a bedroom, the height of the ceiling must be at least seven feet or higher throughout fifty percent of the space or more, depending on the type of space it is. This ensures that anyone in the space has the ability to freely move around within it.
A room must have escape options. This ensures that if there is an emergency, the individual in the room has the ability to escape. Typically, the escape options include at least one door and then a window or an egress window in a basement. It is important to note that a door is always a must. Two windows won't suffice. However, two doors will also meet this requirement without the use of a window, as long as one of the doors exits to the exterior.
Size and Square Footage
In order for a space to be deemed a true bedroom, the room must be at least 70 square feet and must be at least seven in both horizontal directions. If your space is smaller than this, even by a foot, it will not count as a bedroom.
If you are using a window as an escape method in a basement, the window has to be a certain size to ensure the average person can escape from the window. A bedroom window can measure anywhere from 24 to 44 inches off of the floor and must have at least a 5.7 square foot opening. In addition to this, the window must be at least 24 inches in height and 20 inches in width. If you are using windows solely for light, there are no size requirements.
Adhering to Local Building Codes
The last factor you need to consider is what specific building codes are on the books in your area. If you do not meet any of these building codes, including electrical wiring and heating and cooling requirements, your space may not qualify as a bedroom.
If you are looking to convert space in your basement into a bedroom in the greater Powell, OH area, Owens Construction can help you. Contact us today to get started and let us help you transform your space to help maximize your return on investment.