As rent and homes continue to rise in the area, turning your old basement into a modern living space will help you offset the high cost of living near the DMV. If you want to transform your basement into the a Airbnb master suite, then egress windows are required.
Safety Comes First
If you are starting basement renovations than you should seriously consider egress windows. To pass local building safety codes in the DMV, you must install egress windows within separate living spaces. They not only look good, but they also add natural light to basements, reduce energy bills, and they add property value to your home.
There are several types of windows to consider when installing windows in your basement. When installing an egress window well, you shouldn’t have to worry about rust, rotting, or water entry. In fact, our windows are constructed to withstand UV rays, and all extreme weather for years to come.
Below are some window options:
- Single-Hung and,
Giving You a Way to Get Out
In the DMV isolated basements with no exits are required to have at least one emergency exit. In addition if the space is used as an individual rental unit or living space, then you are required to have egress windows. Basements that contain one or more sleeping rooms, must also have an emergency egress or a rescue opening for each bedroom.
Whether it is an egress window or door, it must open easily from the inside with no keys. Because basement egress windows are used as an escape route, you must also include the following code requirements for the height and width:
- A minimum width of opening of 20 inches.
- A minimum height of opening of 24 inches.
- A minimum net clearing of open space of 5.7 square feet.
- A sill height no higher than 44 inches above the floor.
- A window-well floor space of 9 square feet with a minimum width and length dimension of 36 inches.
- A permanent ladder or steps if the window well depth is more than 44 inches
Complete your finished basement with an egress window today! If you’re looking into increasing the value and safety of your home, don’t hesitate to call Koppers Quality Waterproofing for assistance.