A Basement Bedroom Demands an Egress Window
Providing natural light, fresh air, and a code-compliant exit can be the most important aspect of any basement remodel.
Synopsis: Remodeling a basement to include living space can stretch a home’s habitable square footage and alleviate crowding in main living areas, not to mention boosting resale value. Basement bedrooms, however, require an egress window for a direct means of escape in case of fire. Nebraska builder Roger German outlines his process for installing a basement egress window, from determining setback requirements to excavating the hole for the window to removing a piece of the basement wall. Roger includes advice on mounting the window to the basement wall, detailing the window, and providing for proper drainage around the egress window. The article includes a list of sources for egress windows.
Transforming a cold concrete basement into finished living space is one of the projects that I built my remodelling business around. Homeowners just love the idea of expanding their houses to include pool tables, wet bars, entertainment centers, and…