Basements serve a variety of purposes. They can be used for storage, laundry areas, entertainment centers, gym space, offices, bedrooms, any combination of the above and so much more.
Homeowners in Westerville, OH, have a multi-functional basement that includes office and bedroom space, and they wanted to make sure their home was up to code.
According to the International 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.” This applies to basements, as well. The solution is to have an egress window system installed.
The homeowners began to research how to best address this issue, and they were eager to contact Ohio Basement Authority after learning about our company online. They met with one of our inspectors who confirmed the necessity of the window system.
One of our crews then completed the egress window installation process.
After excavating the area outside the home and removing interior drywall, the crew carefully cut into the block foundation wall to make room for the new window. This window has an all-vinyl frame that is rust-resistant, as well as energy-efficient because of its double-pane glass.
The egress window system also allows more natural light to enter the basement. This is because of the lightly-colored window well installed outside the new window, as well as the attached clear cover atop the well. This durable cover functions well for safety, as well as keeping leaves, debris, pests and precipitation out of the window well.
The homeowners were pleased this project was completed to enhance the safety of their living environment.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Products Installed: Egress Window System