There is a 19th century mercantile building for sale in a town nearby. I daydream of buying it and turning it into a bed and breakfast. The upstairs is an an open plan of about 5000 square feet. Because of the current layout it makes sense to me to put all of the bedrooms in a block in the middle, two bedrooms wide and several deep, and have hallways running around the perimeter.
I think that most fire codes require that each bedroom have a second means of egress. Usually, this is done by having a window in each bedroom, but is it required if the bedroom is in the middle of the house? I guess that I could also have a service hallway running between each row of bedrooms. Would this work, and would it be the only way to do it?