How must/can I modify my basement to legally use it as a bedroom?
February 21, 2013 11:44 AM Subscribe
I am planning to convert my basement into a bedroom for one of my brothers to use. I was thinking all that was needed was carpeting and paint, but one of my friends recently told me that I may need to have some kind of modification to the basement windows or walls so that there's a fire escape route apart from the stairs. Is this the case? I've had a hard time finding a definitive legal reference as to what I need to do to have someone legally sleep in my basement.
posted by Vorteks to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the essential information about the house:
Location: Livonia, Michigan, USA
Year Built: 1968
Style: Two story
Size: 1760 square feet, not including basement
Basement size: Approximately 800 square feet
Can you tell me what (if anything) I have to do in order to legally have someone sleep in my basement? Assuming there is something I need to do, any idea what the cost might be?