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This was a 1960 home that was built well with foundations that were formed on both sides. The owner wanted to have his kids live in the basement but was worried about not having a way out in the event of an emergency. He also wanted the advantage of adding more natural light. The existing windows were placed very high, above the ceiling. Doing both windows at the same time saved our client $500.
Use the existing window width and extend down at the same width to achieve an egress qualified opening.
We found a way to use casement windows to extend low enough to meet all of the requirements and used 5′ deep metal surrounds to keep cost down as well as reflect light. Ladders were installed as part of the requirement.
We found lots of clay to dig through. We waterproofed with a tar emulsion and used a sheet drain. The window was a tan vinyl double pane gridded low-e casement style with a double lock system and screens. The interior was left unfinished.
Investment Range $5,500
Time Frame 2 weeks
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I enjoyed this post and project. Well done (pun intended). I see that you know what you are doing when it comes to installing Egress Windows. I hope you don’t mind, but I added you company name and contact information to my website for Independent Egress Window Installers in Idaho. (Is there an email address I should add?) I would like to be able to refer customers to you that need egress windows installed in Idaho.
I will be adding a blog to my website shortly. Would it be agreeable to you if I re-post this blog post, add a link to this blog post, or use excerpts from this post? I will give you credit of course.
Wow Jeff, I appreciate that you are helping folks locate qualified companies to install egress windows. I am thankful every time we get the opportunity to install them as I am sure we will be credited for saving someones life on of these days. Not to mention how much value they add to a clients home. Thanks, Please let me know if you would like me to guest Blog for you.