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Can a bedroom door open into a garage?
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Unless you are Bruce Wayne and need fast midnight access to the Batmobile for Gotham City emergencies, we are not sure what purpose a direct door from a bedroom to the garage would serve. But we do occasionally see them, and they are usually part of a misguided homeowner attempt to carve an extra bedroom out of an existing adjacent room. The International Building Code (IRC 302.5.1) does not allow it, and states that “openings from a private garage directly into a room used for sleeping purposes shall not be permitted.”
The reason for the rule is simple: garages have more than their share of fires due to flammable liquids stored there and possible gasoline leaks from a parked car. Then there is the potential seepage of carbon monoxide gas if a car is left running in a closed garage. So sleeping in a room that opens directly onto a garage would be high-risk.
Also, see our blog posts What are the code requirements for fire separation between an attached garage and the house? and Does an attached garage that is only used for storage or as a workshop, and not for parking a car, still have to comply with building code requirements for a garage?
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