Pregnant And Not Enough Bedrooms? Tips To Add One To Your Home

3 February 2016
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If you are pregnant and you do not have enough bedrooms, you can make an addition on your home for your baby's room.  This is much less expensive than moving to a new home. Before you start building, however, follow the tips below to ensure the new addition is done properly.

Building Codes

Before you start anything, you have to make sure you contact your local municipality to determine the building codes, and to obtain a building permit. It is very important that you do this before you get started. Not following these codes could result in you having to tear the room completely down.

If you are having problems or simply do not understand how the process works, you can hire a building code consultant. They can do all the work for you from filling out all the needed paperwork for the building codes, as well as the building permit. They will make sure everything is correct before you start building.

Defining the Bedroom

You have to define the room you are adding on as a bedroom. This can raise the value of your home. The more bedrooms your home has the more your home is worth. You could not say this room was a bedroom if you did not define it as one correctly. The most important reason for a building code is for safety.

The code requirements you have to follow depends on the state that you live in. These requirements include fire safety measures, as well as means of egress.


The builder for your addition must follow the International Residential Code (IRC) building safety codes. There are requirements when it comes to the size of your windows, as well as how many windows you put in the bedroom space. In many cases, the room must have two ways for someone to leave the room in case of a fire, such as through a window. The window must have a clear opening of 5.7 square feet for someone to crawl through.  The opening height of the window has to be 24 inches or more, and the width of the window has to be 20 inches or more.

There is also a code specification of where you place smoke alarms. For example, there has to be a smoke alarm inside the room, as well as outside of it.

If you have a Homeowner's Association where you live, you also have to follow their requirements for your new addition.