I’m going to be finishing one corner of my basement soon and I’m trying to figure out how much I should care about making sure I can classify the room as a bedroom. The house is currently a 4 bedroom, but the “master” is an addition that has the only downstairs bathroom. I mean, we use it as our master but if the house were empty people would assume it’s a family room until they realize that the upstairs master doesn’t have its own bathroom. That said, it’s clearly legally a bedroom.
The basement space will be 13x15, there’s one small window that probably wouldn’t work for egress but there’s also an exterior door, there’s a half staircase that leads to the outside and then another half staircase up to the house interior. I’m assuming that counts as my two exits so all I’d need is to make sure my ceiling heights are good to go, but that’s going to take some extra money in hvac rerouting. Is it worth being able to list the house as a 5 bedroom even though in practice nobody would use it as a 5 bedroom? It’s really a 3 bedroom house at its core.