What are the code requirements for basement bedrooms?
Here in Winnipeg, we love our developed basements. Great space for recrooms, hobby and work shops, and additional bedrooms. A typical 1000 sq ft., 3 bedroom bungalow, can become a lot more functional if you can add a couple of basement bedrooms. The problem is that the building code dictates that the basement windows need to be of a certain size. The main reason for this is to allow a second exit point, in case of fire or similar catastrophic event. So what are the code requirements for bedroom windows in basements?
Minimum Size for basement bedrooms windows
- The overall minimum size of the actual opening (once the window is opened or removed from the frame), must be 3.77 sq feet or 0.35 sq meters. That would equate to 543 sq inches of unobstructed space.
- The smallest side of the opening must be a minimum of 15″ wide.
- If there is a window-well, it must be at least 22″ away from the window.
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