Location: Illinois
Submitted 04/27/07 12:38 PM

Q. what is considered a bedroom? i can't seem to find a definitive answer... does it have to: 1. have a closet? 2. have two forms of egress/exit? (door, window) 3. be on a floor other than the basement??

 

Answer #1
Submitted 04/27/07 12:58 PM
Brian-Logan Reid, Former Associate Broker, Realtor: Real Estate Agent in Nantucket, MA Brian-Logan Reid, Former Associate Broker, Realtor
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A. Great question! I wish I had the definitive answer, but I define it as having to have a closet and two means of egress (now that you mention it). If it doesn't have a closet, I call it a den or an office (or just a 'room'...). The two means of egress seems to be a requirement, because I have seen illegal bedrooms in basements, and they are illegal because the windows are not large enough for egress. That said, there definitely can be legal bedrooms in basements. Hope this helps.

Answer #2
Submitted 04/27/07 01:16 PM
KAY ORGAIN (ASSURED MORTGAGE, INC): Mortgage and Lending in Dickson, TN KAY ORGAIN (ASSURED MORTGAGE, INC)
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A. I also wonder about this question. My parents bought a house in 1955 that was built in 1900. It has what we thought were 3 bedrooms, but only one of the rooms has a closet in it. The bathroom has a huge walk-in closet (where my brother and I kept our clothes and shoes) and the master bedroom has it's own closet. The utility room also has a closet, but the 2 bedrooms (or the rooms my brother and I slept in) had no closets. There was plenty of room for the dressers and chest of drawers and they were fairly large rooms, but they do not have closets. Does that mean we were sleeping in our own den all those years? The Tax Accessor's office has it listed as a 3 bedroom brick.

Answer #3
Submitted 04/27/07 07:35 PM
BARBARA BECTON (FINANCIAL CONSULTANT): Real Estate Agent in Millry, AL BARBARA BECTON (FINANCIAL CONSULTANT)
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Millry, AL

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A. 1

Answer #4
Submitted 05/04/07 11:17 AM
Robert Cramer (Five Star Property Inspections): Home Inspector in Belleville, IL Robert Cramer (Five Star Property Inspections)
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Belleville, IL

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A. Habitable rooms. At least sixty (60) square feet of floor area of every habitable room shall have a ceiling height of at least seven and one-half (7 1/2) feet and the floor area of that part of any room where the ceiling height is less than five (5) feet shall not be considered as part of the floor area in computing the total floor area of the room for the purpose of determining the maximum permissible occupancy thereof. Habitable rooms in dwellings legally erected or converted prior to 1951 shall have a ceiling height of at least six and one-half (6 1/2) feet. Bedrooms are required to have a window egress of 5.7 SF or larger, with the sill not more than 44" above the floor. Common spaces other than habitable rooms. Every bathroom, water closet compartment, utility room, hall and passageway shall have a clear ceiling height of at least six (6) feet eight inches. Bathrooms, water closet compartments, utility rooms, halls and passageways in dwellings legally erected or converted prior to 1951 are exempt from the six (6) feet eight inches ceiling height requirements, but shall meet the ceiling height requirement prevailing at the time each of such dwellings was erected or converted. As always, simply check with your local Authority Having Jurisdiction...that trumps anything. If they say it's ok, then it's ok.

Answer #5
Submitted 06/24/07 05:15 PM
Vicki Watzlawick, Illinois Foreclosure Expert, The Watz Team ( Broker Owner (The Watz Team) ): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Algonquin, IL Vicki Watzlawick, Illinois Foreclosure Expert, The Watz Team ( Broker Owner (The Watz Team) )
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Algonquin, IL

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A. We used to require a closet but FHA changed those guidelines a little over a year ago.  You still need a door and a window.  And a bedroom can be counted in the basement if it has a window that is above grade..such as an English Basement. 

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