Adding a bedroom or other living space to your home adds to its value. Using your basement means that there was no addition required!
What are the requirements of this amazing window you ask? According to the International Residential Building Code (IRC):
- Window’s minimum width: 20*
- Window’s Minimum height: 24*
- Minimum area of glass or clear area: 5.7 sf (Net clear opening refers to the actual free and clear space that exists when the window is open. It is not the rough opening size or the glass panel size, but the actual opening a person can crawl through.)
- Maximum height of sill off of finished floor: 44″
*You may think that a 20″x24″window would do the trick. No, that is not the case. These are minimum dimensions. Two examples of egress windows are a 20 x 42 and a 24 x 34 unit. Casement windows are the most efficient when it comes to smaller sizes of windows that meet the 5.7 sf of clear area requirement.
Enough of the fine print.
The important part is that the person installing it for you knows the requirements in your community and that smoke detectors are installed if they are not already part of your decor.
What are your plans for the untapped space under your main living area? A place to play, watch movies, exercise or sleep?