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Egress window installation
Posted by: Joes ()
Date: April 01, 2013 11:04AM

We are considering installing an egress window in our basement. Never having done this before are there any tips or suggestions you could share before we move forward withy he project?

We have a walkout basement already, but have a room that would make a nice bedroom.

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Re: Egress window installation
Posted by: FairfaxDad ()
Date: April 01, 2013 11:11AM

My understanding is that if you have a walkout, you don't need to add additional egress (which can be pretty pricey to add after the fact) I'd double check Fairfax building codes.

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Re: Egress window installation
Posted by: Olde Farte, II ()
Date: April 01, 2013 11:21AM

Yeah, I believe you're fine without an extra egress.

If you DO install one, however, be sure that the well is drained properly (appears to be a major complaint), make sure that the shape of the well matches the cover for the well (a neighbor had someone install an egress - the semicircular shape of the final well did NOT match the semi-circular shape of the cover - total misfit...gack), and be sure you meet the requirements from A-Z of the various heights (like, what?, 40" from basement floor to bottom of window, max?), etc.

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Re: Egress window installation
Posted by: WGwTy ()
Date: April 01, 2013 11:28AM

So you're going to be cutting through your below-grade foundation wall. Hire a contractor who has done a lot of them and can give you references. You don't want to be learning together.

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Re: Egress window installation
Date: April 01, 2013 12:38PM

I believe that in order for a room in a FFC basement to be considered a "bedroom" it must have an egress window, regardless of there being a walkout exit elsewhere on the floor that meets regulations for being an emergency exit. In addition to the good info previously provided, this may help you:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/publications/basements/basements.pdf

To obtain multiple bids from contractors that specialize in this work, I would recommend a site such as http://www.homeadvisor.com (Formerly Service Magic).

Also, check out Fairfax Count Best Pick Reports http://www.bestpickreports.com/northern-virginia/fairfax-county



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/02/2013 07:34AM by White Possibly Hispanic.

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Re: Egress window installation
Posted by: Basement Dweller ()
Date: April 01, 2013 08:36PM

My mother had a company called Water's Edge Builders put in my egress window. They did a good job and now I can enter and exit without my mom knowing it.

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Re: Egress window installation
Posted by: Name ()
Date: April 01, 2013 09:45PM

Get ready to drop like $8k to have one installed.

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Re: Egress window installation
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: April 01, 2013 09:49PM

White Possibly Hispanic Wrote:
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> I believe that in order for a room in a FFC
> basement to be considered a "bedroom" it must have
> an egress window, regardless of there being a
> walkout exit elsewhere on the floor that meets
> regulations for being an emergency exit. In
> addition to the good info previously provided,
> this may help you:
>
> http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/publicatio > ns/basements/basements.pdf
>
> To obtain multiple bids from contractors that
> specialize in this work, I would recommend a site
> such as http://www.homeadvisor.com
> (Formally Service Magic).
>
> Also, check out Fairfax Count Best Pick Reports
> http://www.bestpickreports.com/northern-virgi > nia/fairfax-county

^^ Good info.

I think our quotes were $8-10K when I priced it separate from our basement remodel.

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Re: Egress window installation
Posted by: Henry Cook ()
Date: April 03, 2014 09:56PM

I had Aquaguard Waterproofing install an egress in our home. They stressed that the window will leak if it was not waterproofed when the hole was open. With all the rain and snow we had this year the well was always getting water, but it was well drained with a pump. They did a great job and we highly recommend them. A friend of ours had another contractor put in a egress with no drainage and the basement flooded. Drainage of these windows are crucial
- H. Cook

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