A homeowner in Newark, OH, often hosts family members who stay in the basement bedrooms when they visit. The owner knew she needed to have some upgrades completed if she wanted to continue to utilize the basement as a livable space.
The basement had smaller windows that did not let in much light and were not ideal emergency exits. According to the International Residential Code for One-and Two-Family Dwellings, “Basements, habitable attics, and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency escape or rescue opening.” The solution is to have an egress window system installed.
The homeowner started to research how to make the necessary improvements, and she came across information about Ohio Basement Authority on Angie’s List. She was eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help her, and she met with Inspector Drew Black. Drew assessed the current window system and confirmed the need for egress windows.
One of our crews then installed the new system. After removing the existing windows, our crew excavated the area outside the windows and carefully cut into the block foundation wall to make room for the newer, bigger windows. The all-vinyl frame of the new windows is rust-resistant, and the windows’ double-pane glass is energy-efficient. Lightly-colored window wells installed outside the windows allows more sunlight to enter the basement and brighten up the space. Durable clear covers attached to the wells for safety also keep leaves, debris and precipitation out of the window wells.
The homeowner now has peace of mind knowing the updated window system has enhanced the safety of her home.
After living in her house for six years, a homeowner in Westerville, OH, was growing tired of a small glass block window in her finished basement. While glass block windows do allow natural light into the basement, this particular window was not quite what the homeowner hoped it would be.
She was interested in having an egress window system installed, so she contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning about this service through our website.
Not only are egress windows attractive and safe additions, they are home necessities. Residential building code requires habitable spaces, such as finished basements, to have a means of egress.
We carefully excavated the area outside the existing window to remove it and create a larger space for the new window. The new window with a larger frame and double-pane glass, is durable and energy-efficient. Then the lightly colored window well and translucent well cover were installed. These pieces allow more natural light to enter the basement while keeping leaves, debris, water and other nuisances out of the window area.
The homeowner is excited to have an updated an energy-efficient basement window system.