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In Tucson, I'd like to convert my den into a bedroom. What will make it legal?

My home is a 3 bedroom with den. I'd like to convert the den into a 4th bedroom. What makes it a legal bedroom? Will it add much value to my home after its completion?

  • May 09 2011 - Tucson
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By all means, go to the planning department and get a permit! It's an additional expense but it should change the county records to reflect that the house is now a 4 bedroom. Your planning department should be able to give you all the code requirements for your conversion. In addition, an inspector will come and look at the work. Some people don't like the idea of that but I think it's great. You are getting the inspector's expertise as he looks at your house and tells you if it's done right. Have fun!
  • November 21 2011
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1. gfi breakers in bedrooms.
2. egress window or door.
3. smoke alarm.
4. ceiling fan blades no lower than 90" aff
5. electrical outlets within 6 feet of door and every 12 feet on center.
  • November 15 2011
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You need to check with your local building department to see if you need a permit for the work you are planning. The biggest jump in value tends to come from making a 2 bedroom into a 3 bedroom, but a good local agent should be able to ballpark the additional value for a 3 vs 4 based on local MLS trends.
  • November 14 2011
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I would check with your local city regarding their requirements.  Usually the concerns would be closet, door, window and potential the size (room dimensions).
  • November 14 2011
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Better yet, ask a few contractors.  Get a few quotes and ask each one specifically what is needed to make it legal and why.

A good  source to find a reputable contractor is to check with NARI (National Association of Remodeling Industry) as well as the California Contractors Licensing Board. When you find a contractor you like, no matter the source you located them through, check up on them by asking the Contractor Board if the contractor you selected is currently licensed (for the type of job you will have them perform). Also ask the Better Business Bureau if they have any complaints logged against the contractor and ask the contractor to show you their current insurance documents. A contractor whom may have done a great job several years back may not be on solid footing anymore. There are many many good contractors, and just as many bad ones, so spend a little time up front doing homework on the contractor you select to save you headaches in the future. Get lots of recommendations from friends, family, and co-workers, then do your homework.
  • November 13 2011
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Dear Shacar:

It may be as simple as a window and a closet. Check with City Planning for sure and for permit instructions.

Jeff Masich

  • May 09 2011
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