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Enhancing the Safety of a Home in Columbus, OH, With an Egress Window System

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 by Holly Richards-Purpura


Homeowners in Columbus, OH, moved into their house almost two years ago. Recently, however, they began to think about upgrades and renovation projects, including transforming some of the basement into additional living and bedroom space.

Before this project can be completed, certain upgrades are in order to ensure code compliance. According to the International Residential Code, “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 owners started to research how to best address this issue, and they found information about Ohio Basement Authority online. The owners were then motivated to contact us for further guidance. They met with Inspector John Dean who confirmed the necessity for the egress window system, and John helped them draw up the plans for the installation.


Foreman Zane Pepper and his crew 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 homeowners are happy to have an updated basement window system that enhances the safety, appearance and functionality of their home.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Inspector: John Dean

Foreman: Zane Pepper

Products Installed: Egress Window System


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