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Old 08-31-2012, 11:41 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by LAFENGAS View Post
No, with NY you can have a finished basement and advertise it as a finished basement, but it can't be added to the living space. .
Your house I guess. More important than codes.... God forbid you have a fire and your kids are in the basement, how are they going to get out?

Safety is more important to me than some inspector fining you for a permit violation. You gotta (should always want to) have at least 2 methods of egress from a basement. Even if you don't use the room as a bedroom (I already SEE a bed in your pictures), the finished rooms would be considered "habitual spaces". You kids will be playing down there, right?

Marc Nard, ICC technical expert, further explains which spaces require emergency egress or exit openings, saying emergency exits are required in basement sleeping rooms or habitable space - defined as spaces used for living, sleeping, eating, or cooking. While that does not include spaces like bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets, halls, storage spaces, or utility spaces, it does include offices, recreation rooms, bedrooms, and home theaters. ***8232;***8232;There are some fine points. For example, a basement that has no bedroom but has an office would need an emergency exit for the office. But, says Nard, "Say you have a basement bedroom and an office which is not in the bedroom. How many emergency egress and rescue openings do you need? Answer: One, but it has to be in the sleeping room."
Last post... don't want to junk up your thread... Just be safe (even if code doesn't require it)
Finish work looks amazing. I would have run returns to the HVAC. Your system will try to pump air into the space, but you won't be pulling any out. Stale air is not good (radon)

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