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Old 10-21-2010, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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This may be a dumb question - but what's the difference between a "bedroom" and an "office"? I mean if you have a room with a window, door, and a closet how exactly is it designated an "office" vs. bedroom?
It really isn't relevant while you live there.
"Number of Bedrooms" is just indicative of the number of people who may live there and tax the system.

I have seen 4 bedroom homes with two (wink, wink) bonus rooms, or a second office, or whatever, that could easily be used as 6 bedroom homes, kind of how they were designed. But the room labels were changed for marketing purposes.
"Caveat flusher" in those instances, if they use the space as designed for additional occupants.

The OP posted a great snippet from the NC Real Estate Commission regarding regulation of representation of bedroom count.
Disclaimer that a 4 bedroom home is permitted for 3 bedrooms is not acceptable to the Commission or Triangle MLS, and exposes an agent to complaint.
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Old 10-21-2010, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Shouldn't the septic system be rated for a number of people, not a number of bedrooms? I know 4 bedroom houses with just 2 people living in them; and a 3 bedroom house with 8+ people. If a system is rated for 4 bedrooms, does that assume 4, 6, 8, or more people? I know it's just the way it's done, but am curious about what it all really means.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:52 AM
 
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Shouldn't the septic system be rated for a number of people, not a number of bedrooms? I know 4 bedroom houses with just 2 people living in them; and a 3 bedroom house with 8+ people. If a system is rated for 4 bedrooms, does that assume 4, 6, 8, or more people? I know it's just the way it's done, but am curious about what it all really means.
Well, yea, but would not the social implications there be awkward?

"Home for Sale" due to pregnancy?

I think some areas permit based on the number of bathrooms instead of bedrooms but that's not really any better, probably worse.

The real key is wastewater flow due to soil absorption limitations (perk) , but that's awkward to implement. "Can't flush until tomorrow" ?

So the thought is that bedrooms drive occupancy. Occupancy numbers drives the amount of wastewater. All in approximation.

When septic systems don't apply, I think the general policy is that if a room has a closet then it is considered a bedroom.


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Old 07-05-2016, 06:28 AM
 
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We`re in the market of buying a new construction home, and the home we negotiated was a 3 B/R, but instead the builders constructed a 4 B/R home, and the home is permitted for 3 B/R septic. We purchased a lot in the subdivision, and that is the tract of land that was agreed.
My Q. Do we need to inform our realtor, that an error was made during the construction, cause we will soon be picking the colors for our new home`s interior and exterior, also interior floors and such
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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your home is called a 3 BR home, no matter how many extra rooms are built that might be used as a bedroom by you or anyone else.

Now, if the builder is putting a different HOUSE than the PLAN you agreed on, that's a big problem.
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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It sounds to me like you have a bonus room.
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