We build about 50 homes per year in Southwestern Virginia- most with a bedroom in the basement that requires an egress type of window that goes into a window well. The local building official just developed a stance that requires a guardrail around the window well if it is over 30″ deep.
1) Has anyone dealt with this issue, & what have your solutions been?
2) A railing for protection is one solution, but also a grate cover is another solution. However, a grate must be removable from inside to be used for egress.
3) There are some window well manufacturers that solve the egress issue, but none that I can find that resolve the railing issue.