What's the Definition of a Bedroom?
The question often comes up as to what makes for a bedroom and how many bedrooms can a particular house have? To start, the definition of a bedroom in Eastham is fairly simple. To be a bedroom a room needs 4 things...
1. it needs to be at least 70 sq ft
2. It needs to be at least 7 ft tall. Some rooms in antique homes get a 'pass' on this requirement since the second floors of antique Capes can be very short
3. It needs to have a window or door that a firefighter can drag you through
4. It has a door that, if closed, provides the occupant with a measure of presumed privacy. This ignores any exterior windows.
Notice that there is no furniture or closet in the definition..
So, that said, how any bedrooms can a home have? If you start with open dirt, a lot can, by right, support one bedroom for every 10,000 sqft. Therefore, an acre, 43,560 sqft, can support 4 bedrooms, by right, with a conventional 'Title 5' septic system. The good news is that most homes in Eastham predate these rules. The number of bedrooms in a particular home is
• The actual number of rooms that meet the bedroom requirement (above) OR
• The capacity of the septic system OR
• The Title 5 limitation (also above),
whichever is less. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there are exceptions. Each house needs to be evaluated on its own merits. If you'd like a 'determination' of the number of bedrooms in your home, without consequence, please give me a call.