Basement Egress Window Costs
Basement egress window cost can run anywhere from $2,600 to $6,400, while the average project total is around $4,500. Where your run into project cost increases is building code compliance issues. These can add contractor and labor costs that can add up quickly. Always get several estimates on big ticket projects like this to find high quality contractors who understand building code requirements and offer reasonable pricing.
Dig An Exterior Space
Most homes have lawn, plants or simply dirt butted up to the base of the home. An egress must have an exterior area that measures 3? by 3? out from the home. Basically a large chunk of earth must be removed where the egress window will go. This allows room enough for adults and children to get out of the basement in case of an emergency and firefighters or police officers the ability to get in if need be.
Build The Retaining Well
Once the earth is removed, the well must be framed and built. Often it is done by framing, pouring and cutting the concrete for the walls and bottom flooring, although it can also be done with treated wood, paving blocks or pre fabricated kits. Drainage must be handled correctly to avoid moisture and water issues.
Cut A Hole In The Basement Wall
Cutting a large hole through the interior concrete wall is pretty serious business. There may be buried utility lines for gas, electric, sewer, etc. so hiring a qualified company that knows what they are doing is a must. You also want to place the egress in a location that provides good natural light for the basement. Place it on the eastern wall for morning light and on the southern wall for more year round light.
Build A Frame For The Window
The frame is then built in the cut out to accomodate the egress window, which must be 20 inches wide by 2 feet tall (5.7 square feet of space). The bottom edge of the window must be no higher than 44? from the floor ? thus allowing a child to
Buy And Insert The Window
Many professionals recommend casement windows because the entire window area opens up, meaning you can use a much smaller window and still meet the requirements. Horizontal sliding windows are often used, although they must be 4 feet by 4 feet to meet requirements. Double and single hungs are not recommended because they have to be 5 feet tall to reach the minimum openable requirements. They also require a deeper well.
Total Basement Egress Window Cost
Low End Project
Low end basement egress window cost will range from $2,600 to $4,000 for all of the permits, materials and labor.
Mid Range Project
Mid range basement egress window cost will range from $4,000 to $5,500 for all of the permits, materials and labor.
High End Project
High end basement egress window cost will range from $5,500 to $6,400 for all of the permits, materials and labor.