Considering remodeling your basement to create more livable space? Make sure to look into the local building codes in your municipality before you get started.
Most local areas have compliance requirements when adding a basement egress window. These recent requirements were put in force to be sure that home occupants can count on an available second means of escape, in the event of an emergency. Most older homes have very small egress windows that would not allow residents to exit safely. These windows were installed prior to the adoption of the new codes. The good news is that homeowners who have no intention of remodeling their basement need not worry about the new requirements. However, homeowners that remodel the basement of the house must comply with the new codes.
There are a number of ways to comply with the requirements and a licensed contractor should be able to help. The two most common solutions involve installing larger Boman Kemp access windows that widen the egress window or adding an exterior basement door with stairs that lead directly to the basement from the outside.
Widening your basement windows is the most cost-effective option, however if you need an opening that could conveniently fit large furniture, an exterior cellar opening could be a better option for your requirements. Make certain to check into Bilco basement doors for durable maintenance-free cellar doors which come in a variety of styles to match your house.
Finally, if you're considering adding wider window wells to your basement, think about adding a cover for your window well that installs on top of the standard grate that comes with them. Adding window well covers is the perfect choice to keep leaves, excess water and other debris out of your window wells and promotes easier maintenance on your house. For more info about basement improvement check out www.betterbasementsolutionsllc.com!
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