Before taking on a basement finishing project to create additional bedroom space, homeowners in Lancaster, OH, wanted to ensure the safety and code compliance of their basement.
The International Residential Code states that “basements, habitable attics, and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency escape or rescue opening. This means that an egress window system must be installed.
As the homeowners began to research how to accomplish this project, they came across Ohio Basement Authority’s website and were eager to contact us for further guidance. One of our inspectors then visited to assess the current (glass block) window system, and he confirmed the need for the egress window.
One of our crews then installed the new system. After removing the existing glass block window, our crew excavated the area outside the window and carefully cut into the block foundation wall to make room for the newer, bigger window. The all-vinyl frame of the new window is rust-resistant, and the window’s double-pane glass is energy-efficient. A lightly-colored window well was installed outside the window, which helps allow ore sunlight to enter the basement and brighten up the space. A durable clear cover also was attached to the well for safety, as well as to keep leaves, debris, and water out of the window well.
The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing the updated window system has enhanced the safety of their home.