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Egress window, drop it or change design [closed]

Purchased a house with unfinshed basement. The layout is dodgy so I am trying to keep the bedroom in the left corner to have a larger living space. I know I need an egress window and there is a small ...
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Egress requirements for a bedroom with two doors

Do I need an egress window in a home office that could be used as a bedroom if there are two doors on opposite ends of the room, neither of which opens to the outside. This is in a single story house ...
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How to finish this quirky basement window

I have a basement egress window by a concrete knee wall, but based on window height and the height of the concrete knee wall the bottom of my rough-in window is a few inches below the concrete. I know ...
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Does a door on the stairs count as basement egress?

I am looking at finishing a basement room in my 120 year old house. There is a landing 64" up from the basement floor where it turns and there are an additional five steps up to the level of the ...
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How to make garage door easy to manually lift for 5 year old

During a remodel project, our city has determined that our garage is "occupiable space". Disregarding the fact that its where we park our car and have two gas appliances. Because of this ...
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Egress window well - can't drain to weeping tile because I keep hitting concrete

I am installing an egress window in the basement of a house built in Colorado in 1965 (maybe those details will help?). I have dug the well ~12" below where the bottom of the new window will be. ...
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Egress window in detached garage

I'm converting my detached garage to a bedroom and the garage door has been covered in drywall so the only exit is a sliding glass door. The windows don't qualify to be egress windows, but I do I need ...
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Questions on structural eng drawing for egress window

I am installing an egress window in my basement to make it a legal bedroom. I am going to be doing most of the work myself (outside of cutting the concrete) but doing it by the book (permits, ...
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Would it be concerning to put 18 inch concrete square at the base of an egress on top of the gravel?

We have a 3 window egress and we wondered about putting stamped concrete square, for esthetic purposes, on top of the gravel. Would this cause any concern?
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Do I need an egress window if there's two exits? [closed]

Do I need an egress window in a basement bedroom room when the basement has two viable exits? There's one door leading to the rest of the basement, and then a set of stairs to an exterior door in the ...
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Are egress windows required for offices and other workspaces in a basement?

We are looking at buying a newly constructed home that the floor plans allow for 2 bedrooms in the basement but each room has the egress to get out which in my opinion (not counting the event of fire) ...
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Exposed foundation and large egress well - need help

New to this website. I wanted to ask a question regarding our new home that is being built. There is a large chunk of foundation in one corner of the house that is exposed, along with a very tall ...
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How to trim exterior basement window

I just put in egress basement windows in my 1950s house. The issue I'm encountering is that they didn't use forms so the exterior concrete is super rough and doesn't give any easy solution to trim. ...
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Basement Recreation Room

I have a basement that we would like to make into a recreation room. There are two ways into the basement, code compliant stairs and a 36x80 door that leads to a mudroom (we live in Maine so mudrooms ...
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How to smooth out vertical concrete

I cut out a hole for an egress window but my foundation was hollow block. How would someone fill all this in and make a smooth surface for the window lumber? Can I build a form and kinda dump concrete ...
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Egress window directly beneath electrical meter?

My house was built in 1973 and has a tiny basement window (single-pane aluminum frame) in a window well. The utility electrical meter is on the same exterior wall, not directly over the basement ...
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Egress Doors vs Sprinklers

Good day, I am just beginning to learn about egress in detail. For example say I have a (150 by 40 foot building, a basic warehouse) with exit doors on each end. Once a distance of "X" is ...
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Do I need an egress window?

I was thinking of putting a bed in my basement...There is an exit to the side door up the stairs to the outside plus I have a basement door that leads to the garage and outside.
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Should a new basement window have flashing around it?

I hired a local contractor to install an egress window for me and he did some odd stuff. I plan to have him fix it but I want to make sure to ask for the right stuff. I don't know much about ...
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Egress Access through garage

I am looking to finish our basement and add two bedrooms. The basement has one stairway access from the basement to the main level of the home. Additionally, it has another stairway access from the ...
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Two Egress Windows, One Window Well

I am intending to cut out two egress windows in the side of my house. Instead of digging 2 holes, I was hoping to dig one and cut both egress windows within the same well. The well will be built with ...
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Do I need an egress window in a basement studio apartment with two doors?

I have a small studio apartment I want to rent in my basement. It has two exit doors, and block glass windows. First entry door is about 6 feet to the foot of the stairs (which leads to the main floor ...
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Header requirements for basement egress window

I have poured concrete foundation walls and I am adding an egress to my basement wall. I'm cutting a hole 3' width by 4' in height, about 44 inches from the floor and about 12" from the top of the ...
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Am I required to retrofit an egress window in a 1950s home to meet code?

Our master bedroom in our house is located in the basement. The one window it has does not have an egress window and was like this since the 50's. Am I grandfathered in or do I have to replace the old ...
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Use cement blocks for egress window well surrounding [duplicate]

I need to make an egress window and the depth below grade is 24". However, most egress window wells at home improvement stores are 20" in height and I need to buy 2 of them which made the cost double....
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Basement egress question

I'm considering remodeling one side of my basement, adding a new bedroom. I've been researching egress codes and it's not entirely clear to to me if my basement meets the egress code now, or if it ...
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Adding bedroom in walkout basement

Can 2 bedrooms share an egress window? Both bedrooms have separate entrances. They will share a door that leads to each room. Only 1 bedroom has egress window.
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Window Well Cover for Boman Kemp Egress

I currently have a heavy steel window well cover and frequently get frogs and other small animals falling through. I'm looking for a simple solution to attach to the metal grate to prevent debris and ...
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Can French doors (with center mullion) swing in opposite directions?

This might be a very elementary question, but I haven't been able to find any information about it. We are planning to replace a sliding glass door between our dining room and deck with French doors. ...
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Ok to add basement egress window underneath giant grade-level window?

Our one-story house has a very large window on the first floor -- appx. 72" high by 130" wide. I'd like to add a basement egress window to the room below. I'm worried that having more glass than wall ...
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If a basement concrete wall is 43 inches tall, is it possible to put in an egress window?

My understanding is that the opening of the window must be 44 inches from the floor or lower. Will it possible to put in a window and meet this requirement without cutting any concrete? Thanks.
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Is it necessary to put a special egress window in a basement bedroom if there's already a window above ground

I'm putting a bedroom in a basement. There's already a window above ground level. Do I need to dig down and install a special egress window or can I just put in a bigger window that meets requirements ...
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What's the best way to cover my egress window (not soft plastic) where the window is above the window well?

What's the best way to cover an egress window where the cement for the window sticks 11" above the metal window well cover (the window itself is above 10" above the metal window well)? I'm looking for ...
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Best room for egress window?

I have a basement with a partially finished bedroom (currently used as storage) on one side, a gas furnace and tankless water heater at the foot of the staircase in the middle, and a newly finished ...
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Basement egress through office

I have a question that is similar, but different, than: Can I have an office in my basement without egress? I want to finish off my basement as such: My question is, by putting the red walls up, am ...
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How do I figure what height I need for my egress window wall?

I have an egress window. I would like to know why they sent me a 46'' tall well and a 48'' window? I need to know how to figure meausurements and why.
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How far does a basement egress window well need to stick out above ground?

Is there code on this? I am having an egress window well installed today and was surprised to see the window well sticking out 2 feet above ground (1 foot if you count all the new dirt they mounded up ...
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To egress or not egress

In attempting to get a permit to install a basement bathroom, our township building inspector is demanding we install an egress window. She has put a stop work order in the meantime. Naturally, we ...
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Do I need a header for an egress window?

I am in the process of finishing a bedroom in my basement. I need to add a window to the room and the selected wall is poured concrete. I need to know if I have to add a header above the window in the ...
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How can I meet the height requirements for a door in a basement with a low ceiling?

To meet code we need a minimum 6'6" clearance through all doors. The ceiling height in most of the basement is 6'8", but the clearance through the exterior door is much less than that. On the inside ...
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Do I need an egress window in a basement room not used as a bedroom?

Do I need an egress window in a basement family room when the basement has two viable exits? There are garage doors on one end and an exterior person door leading to exterior stairs on the other.
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Should I use solid concrete or cement block for an egress window well?

I am having some contractors build a window well for an egress window at my house. I have the option of doing solid concrete walls for the window well, or cement blocks (which he said he will fill ...
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Was this basement window installed properly?

Here's a few photos of a window that I installed last year. I used the mixed knowledge of a few different online articles and did it to my best ability, but I'm kinda worried that it may have been ...
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Is installing an egress window in a basement a do it yourself job?

For starters, we found wet carpet in a finished basement room. It's not a full bedroom because there is no egress window, but does have a small window approx 2' x 1' about 3 feet away from where the ...
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What is the minimum width of an egress/entrance door? [closed]

What is the minimum width of an egress/entrance door? Is it 32 or 36 inches?
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Do I need a stairway for egress from a balcony that's off a second floor bedroom?

I have a rental cottage. It has two stories with a bedroom and bath on the second floor that are accessed by spiral staircase. The bedroom opens onto a 4'x13' balcony which is 16 feet above a ...
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Do I need an egress bedroom window if I have a walk-out exterior door?

I have a basement with three hopper windows and a walk-out door. There's also a staircase that connects the basement with the upper (main) floor of the house. If I build a bedroom, do I need an ...
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