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FirefighterGW 08-30-2010 04:30 PM

Increasing basement window size
 
As I am plugging away at finishing my basement a few things have come up. I framed a bedroom in the basement but the window in the room is very small 10" x 24" this does not meet fire code as a means of egress (I should know!!)

How difficult is it to install larger basement windows? Am I affecting the foundation stability by cutting out part of it?

Any advice is appreciated.

Scuba_Dave 08-30-2010 05:20 PM

Depends upon the wall, foundation etc
Any pic inside/outside of the area ?

Ron6519 08-30-2010 05:57 PM

It's easier in a block foundation then a poured foundation. Easier in a sided house versus a brick or stone exterior.
Ron

Gary in WA 08-30-2010 07:11 PM

"Am I affecting the foundation stability by cutting out part of it? " ------- not if you add a suitable header to carry the loads above, and it's not within 3' of the corner (or per local Codes).

Gary

FirefighterGW 08-30-2010 07:11 PM

I will get some pictures up shortly. It is poured concrete and the house is bricked

Tom Struble 08-30-2010 08:49 PM

as you know with the basement windows not only is it the window size as far as egress goes,but also the well and being able to get out of that

jomama45 08-31-2010 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by FirefighterGW (Post 493358)
As I am plugging away at finishing my basement a few things have come up. I framed a bedroom in the basement but the window in the room is very small 10" x 24" this does not meet fire code as a means of egress (I should know!!)

How difficult is it to install larger basement windows? Am I affecting the foundation stability by cutting out part of it?

Any advice is appreciated.


Yes, you should indeed! :yes:

The opening size has less to due with the dwelling occupant escaping on their own as it has to do with a fully equipped firefighter having enough room to gain access to the occupant.

As stated above, post a few pics here so we can help. I've done alot of these through the years (just bid one out last night actually) and have been through some strange ones as well. Anything is possible, but some are more complicated than others.

Two things I'll mention right away is:

Do it NOW, before you put in any drywall, finished flooring, etc......
Expect some fairly expensive/large equipment to be involved to execute this.


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