After living in their house for several years, homeowners in Amanda, OH, wanted to complete various repair projects around their property. This included enhancing the safety of their house.
Some areas of the basement were finished, and the homeowners intended to use these rooms as livable space. The International Code for One-and Two-Family Dwellings states that all habitable spaces, including basements, are required to have at least one operational emergency escape or means of egress. The solution is to have an egress window installed.
The owners wanted to make sure the home would be up to code, so they began to research how to best go about this repair. They contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning more about our company online, and then they met with one of our inspectors who explained our installation process.
After removing sections of interior drywall and excavating an area outside the home, our crew took great care in cutting into the block foundation wall to make room for the new windows. The windows’ double-pane glass is energy-efficient, and the frames are rust-resistant. Lightly colored window wells are installed outside the new windows. Along with providing a safe escape route, these wells allow more natural light to enter the basement. Durable translucent covers also are attached to the wells for safety and cleanliness. The soil was then backfilled and regraded.
The homeowners are happy to have safe and functional window systems in their basement.