A homeowner in Hilliard, OH, moved into his house almost 15 years ago. Recently, however, he began to think about upgrades and renovation projects he wanted to take on. He thought about converting the basement into extra livable space like a “man cave.”
Before tackling this project, the owner knew other upgrades were needed. According to the International Residential Code for One-and Two-Family Dwellings, “basements, habitable attics, and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening.” The answer is to have an egress window installed.
The owner started to research how to best address this issue, and he found information about Ohio Basement Authority on online resources like Home Advisor. The owner was then motivated to contact us for further guidance. He met with one of our inspectors who confirmed the necessity for the egress window system, and our inspector helped him draw up the plans for the installation.
One of our crews then completed this installation project.
After removing the existing basement window, the crew excavated the area outside the window and carefully cut into the foundation wall to make room for the newer, bigger window. The all-vinyl frame of the new window will resist rust, and the window’s double-pane glass is energy-efficient.
A lightly-colored window well installed outside the window allows more sunlight to enter the basement and brighten up the space. A durable clear cover attached to the well for safety also keeps leaves, debris and precipitation out of the window well.
The homeowner is happy to have an updated basement window system that enhances the safety, appearance and functionality of his home.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Products Installed: Egress Window System