Basement Bedroom/Office

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Posted by: from Bolton
5/24/2013 at 11:11:11 PM

I have a storage space and a closet next to it in my basement and I want to open them up and turn the space into an office/bedroom. The only issue is that it currently does not have a window in that area. There are two near it but would not be in the room once the new wall is up. I can't afford to put one in, so I wanted to know if there was a way around this.

If its used as an office does it still need a window? If I didn't put a door on the room, would that work?

I'm only really concerned about when we go to sell the house and it becomes an issue then.

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Brent from MET Services in Calgary
Date/Time5/24/2013 at 11:56:28 PM

Don't put a closet in, and don't call it a bedroom, then you should be okay. As long as no one is gong to be sleeping in that room, then a window isn't a necessity although it might be nice in the future. A bedroom must have a window, some areas you can get around this with a sprinkler system, but that would be a huge cost.

Part of the reasoning of having a window in a bedroom is you won't notice the smoke of a fire untill your basically trapped in that room, so the window is your egress. If your using as a workspace, a person would notice the smoke/fire with enough time to get out of that space and out of the building.

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Date/Time5/26/2013 at 5:33:32 PM

If you don't put in a closet or call it a bedroom when you sell, then there is no problem. Even if your existing window did end up in the room, they are not big enough to be an egress window anyway.

Only bedrooms need a window, no other room types need one. Not putting a door in is a very old trick that does not work anymore.

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Date/Time5/27/2013 at 11:06:00 AM

Hi Ryan,

My advise is just like the other two before me.

Finish off the room you want for an office in the manner you want it. You do not require a window an office. It would be nice but is not needed.

If you are worried about the issue of a fire when you are using it, then either keep you door open to it when you are using it or don't put a door in. Also, a smoke detector in key areas to give you advanced notice is a must.


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