Basement Egress Window Prices


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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.

Price Range: $300 to $800

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.

Price Range: $1000 to $2500

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.

Price Range: $600 to $1,500

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

Price Range: $400 to $800

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.

Price Range: $500 to $1200

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.

Low End: $2,600 to $4,000

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.

Mid Range: $4,000 to $5500

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.

High End: $5,500 to $6,400

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