After living in their house for two years, homeowners in Columbus, OH, decided they wanted to utilize their basement as livable space and an additional bedroom area. They knew they would need to complete a few necessary improvement projects before doing so, however.
The International Residential Code requires all habitable spaces, including basements, have at least one operable emergency exit. This calls for an egress window system.
After doing some online research, the homeowners decided to contact Ohio Basement Authority for further guidance. They met with Inspector John Dean who confirmed the egress window requirement, took measurements, and helped the owners draw up a plan for an egress window.
Foreman Zane Pepper then led his crew in installing the egress window system. After removing one of the smaller existing windows, the 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. The window we install also hinges on one side to swing open, thus allowing an easy escape.
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.