Does That Count as a Bedroom?
If it is not obvious whether a room counts as a bedroom, the IRC and other codes mentioned here can help you resolve the question. Your local building official is a good source of information on local codes and amendments to the IRC. The IRC requires a bedroom to have
- A floor area of not less than 70 square feet and not less than 7 feet in any
- A minimum ceiling height of 7 feet, and if there is a sloped ceiling, then a minimum
of 50% of ceiling must be a minimum of 7 feet high
- At least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening with a clear opening of
not less than 5.7 square feet, and a required egress window that must have a minimum
width of 20 inches, a minimum height of 24 inches, and a maximum window sill height
of 44 inches.
Whether a bedroom must have a closet is not governed by the IRC or Texas Property Code, but local residential codes may require one, along with heat sourcing and
other amendments to the IRC. Furthermore, certain lenders, like FHA, VA, and Fannie Mae, may have definitions for a bedroom within their appraisal guidelines.
When seeking a home inspection in Houston contact Inspect Texas @281-702-3034.