An egress window is a window that is required in specific locations in a dwelling and is intended to provide an emergency means of exiting a dwelling. Windows must meet specific size and requirements to qualify as an egress window.
The concept comes from having a safe way to get out and a size large enough for a firefighter in a breathing apparatus to get in to rescue you. There are several ways to achieve the 5.7sq ft requirement and an unlimited number of ways to do the well area. In some cases, a 5.0 sq ft window is all that is required. Ladders are required in certain situations too.
If you’re considering a basement renovation as a way to expand your living space, don’t be surprised if your building department has something to say about it–especially if a new bedroom is part of your plan.
The 2009 IRC building code now require all new residential construction to include an egress window in every bedroom. This additional requirement is fairly recent so, most existing basements were not built with egress windows. Benefits of a new Egress Window include, more fresh air, better natural lighting, and security. By far the best value is adding an egress window to your home because it instantly raises the value of your home by increasing the number of legal bedrooms.
Egress windows are required in every room used for sleeping purposes (bedrooms) on any floor and in basements with habitable space.If you are constructing a new home, the code requires that you put an egress window in each bedroom. It also requires an egress window in the basement if habitable rooms will be finished in the basement.
If you install a basement bedroom or bedrooms, an egress window is required in each bedroom. If you have an existing home and you add a sleeping room in an unfinished basement, the code requires that you install an egress window in the sleeping room or rooms.
There are easy ones and difficult ones. Much of the added expense comes from buried utilities and difficult access. Interior complications include electrical wires and plumbing pipes. We have enough experience around the city to understand the soil characteristics as well. A good starting point is $3,900 for a complete project. If you take some of the work away from us the price drops, there is also a savings for doing several at once.
In addition to getting your egress window installed properly, we need to get a permit. In most cases there is going to be a code upgrade required to verify that your home has the latest and greatest safety features of a wired together system that includes a CO (Carbon Monoxide) monitor. We understand that this is apt to push the project over the budget so we offer to provide this service at cost plus $75.
The other option is to have only one unit wired in to a separate circuit and the rest be RF (Radio Frequency) controlled. The idea here is that if one detector alerts then the rest will too. We will provide the units at cost and the $75 surcharge for getting the work done.
In rare cases where you want to deal with the safety issues yourself we will gladly get our part of the project complete and inspected then turn the permit over to you to complete.
If your in the Boise, Idaho area and looking for Egress Windows installation, give Levco a call and we’d be happy to give you pricing on your project once we have personally evaluated your unique application. We can be reached at 947-7261.
See our gallery of completed Egress Window Projects.