Whether you’re looking to create finished living space in an unfinished basement, or remodeling the existing layout, don’t forget about the egress window.
Egress windows offer a direct opening to the outdoors for easy escape and/or rescue should someone be downstairs during an emergency. With the exception of walkout basements, the local building code requires that all legal basement bedrooms have an egress window. When selling your home, basement bedrooms only count as legal bedrooms if they have the proper windows installed.
Many older basements were built before any egress window requirements were on the books. Others have a smaller basement opening, oftentimes 4.3 square feet. Today’s International Building Code states that the minimum net clear opening must be at least 5.7 feet. This measurement allows for firefighters wearing oxygen tanks to enter the dwelling unencumbered, as well as providing an accessible way for residents to have an alternative route out of the basement.
In addition to safety, egress windows let in a lot of light, brightening otherwise dark rooms. With a new egress window, your basement is going to feel much more spacious than it currently does, and the added luminosity will bring previously dank spaces to life. Remodeling a basement is a great way to add more living space to your home without increasing its footprint, meaning that you get more finished square feet at a lower cost.
Make sure you execute your project successfully. Code compliance is of the utmost importance when installing an egress window in Minnesota. We recommend that you enlist the help of qualified professionals before undertaking this task. Call us today for a free, no-obligation quote and get your project up and running. We look forward to hearing from you.
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