Egress windows - anyone with experience on these?
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December 8, 2011 7:12 pm at 7:12 pm #89408
Baby number 2 is on the way so my husband’s music studio is getting kicked down into the basement. In an attempt to make this move not seem like a banishment to the dungeon I’ve been making plans to refinish a portion of the basement for this use. Insulation, drywall, carpet, recessed lighting, a little sound proofing – basically a 10’x16′ room with a door. Mostly DIY with the help of friends and family with experience in this kind of project and contractors when necessary.
There’s one window in that space and in planning to replace it I suddenly realized that current code will likely make me make this an egress window. Even though it’s not to be used for a bedroom it could easily be turned into one at any time – at least I think that’s how they’ll see it.
Totally bummed about this realization – not only is it not something I can attempt on my own I’m anticipating it will double or triple my budget and could potentially derail the whole project for a bit in order to afford it.
Anyway – facing reality – has anyone installed egress windows as a part of a basement remodel recently? What was your experience with the permit office? Who did the install? About how much was it?
Thanks!December 8, 2011 7:14 pm at 7:14 pm #473307
i wouldnt bother with it. unless your pulling permits to build the room.December 8, 2011 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm #473308
Isn’t one option that would keep you on budget and not derail the project to be simply not replace the window or am I missing something.December 8, 2011 7:21 pm at 7:21 pm #473309
@Chris Sherman – Don’t I HAVE to pull permits for something like this?December 8, 2011 7:26 pm at 7:26 pm #473310
the city changed a bunch of stuff about 4 years ago. code now requires a second means of egress from a basement for occupied rooms like rec and bedrooms. those windows cam be tall, most older homes may have only 30 or so inches of foundation above exterior grade. everyone i have seen installed required the ground to be dug down, retaining walls and drainage installed.December 8, 2011 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #473311
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