Originally Posted By: dfrend
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OK, I have gotten some professional opinions on this and know how I am going to proceed. Wanted more input though on the problem.
New construction. Finished basement with one interior stairwell. No windows. Family room in front is about 30' x 15' with a 12 foot hallway offset. Front wall is below grade with no windows. Side walls are up to neighboring townhomes. Rear wall is to other interior rooms.
13x13 room in middle of basement. Front wall is to the family room. One side wall is to neighboring unit, other is to hall. Rear wall is to garage footings and slab. No windows. THis room has double french style door, full slab, no glass. Across hallway is a full bath with a shower. Now, the shower leads me to believe this is intended habitable space.
State Fire Marshal friend of mine confirms that if it is defined habitable space, MD code would require a second means of egress as per IRC. The house does have use and occupancey permit. The State Fire Marshal also agreed that in his view, the full bath would make it a habitable space. Even still though, at least one local inspector didn't catch it or didn't care.
What would you do?