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Converting attic to master suite

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We have what our realtor calls an "attic rambler," with a full staircase to a previously unfinished attic space. The last owners finished this space to include living room, bathroom, and a bedroom at each end. The bedrooms at each end have full windows. The rest of the space has skylights.

I'd like to convert half of this space into a master suite, with the living room space being the bedroom portion, and one of the current bedrooms becoming the grand master bath. So the only egress window would be in the bathroom. Can we do this?

If we left a large opening between rooms, and didn't have a door, would this satisfy the codes/laws? Just have the bedroom open to the big bathroom?
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Sorry, I edited my profile. I'm in Utah. Do laws vary from state to state on windows?
We will be getting a permit. And using professionals in a lot of the areas like roughing in the plumbing, etc. The attic is already finished with bedrooms and a bath, so I hadn't considered that the load would be all that different. Would we need to consult with an architect to add a wall and change the function of a room to a bathroom? The smoke detectors, including those in the attic, are already hardwired.
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