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Ohio Basement Authority Case Studies: Egress Window Enhances a Home's Safety in Lewis Center, OH

Monday, April 3rd, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura


Shortly after moving and getting settled into their house, homeowners in Lewis Center, OH, decided they wanted to use some of their basement as a bedroom. They also wanted to improve the safety of the 12-year-old house and make sure it was up to code.

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 homeowners previously worked with Ohio Basement Authority on the house they were selling in Westerville. Based on their previous experience, the owners knew they could count on us again to help with the egress window project. They again met with the same inspector they previously dealt with, Patrick Moonan, who confirmed the necessity of an egress window.


One of our expert crews then completed the egress window installation process.

After removing the interior drywall, the crew excavated the area outside the foundation wall and took great care in cutting into the 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 lightly-colored window well was installed outside the new window. Along with serving as a means of escape, the window well also allows more natural light to enter the basement and brighten up the space. A durable translucent cover also was attached to the well for safety. It helps keep leaves, debris, precipitation and pests out of the window well.

The homeowners were again impressed with our work, as well as this repair project that helped them create a safer living environment.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Certified Inspector: Patrick Moonan

Products Installed: Egress Window, Well, Cover


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