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Having another bedroom would really be great, but where would you put it? It could be that guest room you’ve always wanted; it can give the older kid who hates sharing a room his/her own space; and, perhaps really important, it will increase the value of your home for re-sale. Maybe you just need a quiet space to escape snoring or find peace when your significant other gets sick or catches a cold. Whatever you decide to use it for you first have to build it.
Get a little creative with this as you look at your home.
Obviously, your budget and where the new living space will come from will determine what you can really do, but there are other considerations as well. You have to know what you can really call a bedroom and what you cannot. For example, you can just divide up a basement and say that you now have 2 or 3 more bedrooms. However there are code requirements wherever you may live, and while you may get away with extra sleeping space this way, you will not get away with calling any of those rooms bedrooms when you get ready to sell your home and safety should be of real concern.
There are requirements for everything, nowadays. Make sure that you know the code requirements, and the realtor requirements of your house before you start to create your new bedroom. Breaking these rules can turn your idea of a new bedroom into something worse. Make sure you read through this carefully and have all the necessary requirements before you start creating that new bedroom space.
Every city or town is a bit different so without a doubt, contact your local government for what you and cannot do. In general, though, here are some basic guidelines to get you started.
While realtors often want to “stage” as many rooms as bedrooms as possible, there is one requirement that most agents will have, and that is for a closet. No one looking at your home will consider a room a bedroom without one, and here is what you need to do:
It’s great to have another bedroom – just do it right so you don’t end up re-fixing it later on.