A family in Baltimore, OH, utilizes some of their basement space as their son’s bedroom. Thinking of their son’s safety, the owners knew they needed to upgrade the window system in this area of the house.
According to the International Residential Code, “basements, habitable attics, and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening. This means that an egress window system is needed.
The owners started to do their research, and they came across Ohio Basement Authority’s website. They then contacted us for further guidance and met with one of our inspectors. Our inspector confirmed the necessity of the window system, he took measurements, and he helped the owners draw up a plan for the installation of this essential system.
One of our crews then took great care to install the system, first by excavating an area outside the home where the window would be located, and then cutting into the foundation wall to make room for the new window. The window’s double-pane glass is energy-efficient, and the frame is rust-resistant. A lightly colored window well was installed outside the new window. Along with providing a safe escape route, the well allows more natural light to enter the basement. A durable translucent cover also was attached to the well for safety and cleanliness. The soil was then backfilled and regraded.
The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing this new system has enhanced the safety of their home and family.