Window Installation

Basement Window Installation & Enlargements

Whether you are expanding an existing window or installing a new window, some of the considerations below will help your project planning.

Window considerations

 

Egress Window

Egress Window:

An egress window is a window that is designed to allow a person to exit the building in case of emergency. If you are looking to add a residential space to the basement, this may be a consideration. An egress window will be large enough to fit a body through it and potentially have a dug out space and climbing apparatus for safe exit.

 

 

 

Window Direction:

Also, air flow may be a consideration. If a goal is to provide air to the space, then obstructions outside the window may need to be considered.

 

Obstructions:

Obstructions such as buildings or trees may also impact the degree of light that enters the space. Trees may hinder light in the summer, but may allow for more light when the leaves of the trees fall.

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Drainage:

It is important to check if the grade runs toward the wall you are planning on installing a window on. Water drainage will need to be addressed with a window well or other option to ensure the home is protected from water entry.

 

Load Bearing Walls:

If the wall is load bearing, then costs will increase based on the need for additional structural support. A load bearing wall will run perpendicular to the floor joists.

 

Utilities:


Questions about adding or expanding a window to your basement? We are happy to provide a free consultation to determine the best options available for you.

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