Adding windows to basement


Old 12-04-18, 08:03 AM
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Adding windows to basement

I'm considering adding a couple windows in the basement (10" thick poured concrete). Are the new windows required to provide egress? I'd prefer a shorter window, but obviously want to adhere to code. There are no bedrooms in the basement, but there is a den. I don't plan on converting the den to a bedroom, but I suppose it would be nice to have egress if I ever decided to.
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Old 12-04-18, 09:22 AM
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As far as I know the egress code only applies to bedrooms. You realize that a poured foundation wall will have a good bit of steel in it.
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If there are no bedrooms your windows do not have to be sized for egress. So, the size is up to your preference. Just for future sake I would consider making the windows egress size just in case you ever change your mind in the future and decide to put a bedroom down there.

If your wall is 10" thick I would start looking for someone who cuts concrete. You can do it yourself but it will be a dusty, wet, muddy, noisy and time consuming job. A pro with the right tools should be able to cut out a window opening in a hour or two.

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