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Old 05-24-2008, 12:12 PM   #1
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I need to remodel my basement to move my mother in law in and I need add an egress for her. bilco doors wont work. Any one know where I can get plans to add door and stairwell ?

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Old 05-24-2008, 01:32 PM   #2
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Try some of these:

http://www.google.com/search?q=basem...ient=firefox-a

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If you have an exposed side to your foundation:

http://www.naturalhandyman.com/iip/i...ecutting2.html

Egress Window kits and systems:

http://cutandcore.com/egress.htm

http://www.windowscapellc.com/site/1...roduct/WSPKG2S
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I'm pretty lucky here in Atlanta, I have never seen a basement without plenty of daylight...always a door and most of the times, multiple windows.

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Are you adding the door in the bedroom? Adding a door in the living area won't satisfy the code of there is a sleeping area in the basement. There must be compliant egress to the exterior from the sleeping area(s).
Living spaces are not required to have egress doors or windows if sleeping areas with egress are present.

You can satisfy the egress requirements with an egress window in the bedroom. If below grade, it must have a 5.7 square foot opening, and the bottom of the opening must be no higher than 44" off the floor. The window must be operable without special tools, hardware, methods, or knowledge. The egress opening must be obtained with normal operation of the window (sash removal or tilting sashes typically aren't considered normal operation). You must have a minimum 36x36" egress well, and a compliant egress ladder if the well is 44" or deeper.

If you're planning on putting the egress door in the exterior bedroom wall, you'll meet the code requirement.
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thanx for all your help guys. I'll have my mother in law living downstairs in no time.
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I think there's an exemption in the code for egress requirements when boarding unwanted mother-in-laws.

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