egress window


Old 07-31-13, 10:11 PM
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egress window

Hi all

I'm in the process of finishing a basement room for my mother in law.. currently there is a very small window so very little natural light. thinking of doing something like this

I live in New Brunswick Canada, so winters have lots of snow...are there any concerns regarding water, flooding, etc? in my eyes this is no different from a window with a window well.. just deeper...but maybe I'm missing something

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Old 08-01-13, 03:57 AM
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Not sure what the codes are in Canada, but here, we must install an egress window in all bedrooms in basements for safety's sake, more than for light emission. Installing a well window as pictured will require adequate drainage, so plan on that from the beginning.
Old 08-01-13, 04:32 AM
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Being in snow country myself I would be concerned that some of those options would become blocked rather easily with snow and/or ice. The covered ones may not do a lot better if not kept clear. I didn't look at all of the options, but an exit with a vertical structure and small roof over the top might lessen the drainage and snow problems.


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