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Re: Building Codes

Posted By: joe
Sunday, 20 February 2000, at 8:49 p.m.

In Response To: Building Codes (Mike Wyatt)

The fact this room is going to be a bedroom changes the whole complexion of the answer.

Bedrooms require two means of egress in case of a fire.

One is normally a door, the other is usually a window.

In your case, I assume that you have a bedroom door that will lead to the stairway going up to the first floor, and that your bedroom has a walkout basement door as you stated.

If this is the case, you already have your two means of egress, so you could remove all the windows and not have a problem.

On the other hand, if you only have one door exit now, you have to consider the large window in the bedroom as an egress point.

According to most codes, this window must be no higher than 44 inches above the floor, must be a minimum of 20 inches wide and 24 inches high.

If this window fits these criteria, you have your second means of egress. If it does not, you will have to alter it so that it does meet these requirements.

What you do with the small side windows is irrelevant.

Check with your local code officer before you proceed. Codes vary from state to state and often from town to town.

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