After living in their house for a few years, homeowners in Upper Arlington, OH, around suburban Columbus, wanted to take on a few home improvement projects. This included re-finishing their basement. They use the basement for laundry and storage, as well as an entertainment area. Before moving forward, the owners needed to make sure the house was up to code.
According to the International Residential Code, all habitable space, including basements, are required to have at least one operational emergency escape or means of egress. That means an egress window system is needed.
The owners started to research how to address this, and they found information about Ohio Basement Authority online. After contacting us to learn more about how we could help them, the owners met with one of our inspectors. Our inspector concurred with the egress window installation and explained the installation process to the homeowners.
After removing the existing window, Foreman Zane Pepper and his crew excavated the area outside the window and carefully cut into the block foundation wall to make room for the new window. The new window’s all-vinyl frame is rust-resistant, and the double-pane glass is energy efficient.
A light-colored window well installed outside the window allows more sunlight to bounce into the basement, and brightens up the space. A sturdy clear cover attached to the well for safety also prevents weed growth and keeps leaves, debris, and rain out of the well.
The homeowners are pleased to have an updated basement window system that enhances safety and appearance.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Foreman: Zane Pepper
Products Installed: Egress Window System