With this egress window system in Odenton, Maryland and Anne Arundel County, there’s a 36” x 48” European tilt and turn window with a tan Rockwell elite window well and poly carbonate cover. The client chose a 36” x 48“ window because he wanted more natural light in the space as the 36” x 48” is much larger than the minimum code requirements for an egress window which states: the window must be no less than 20 inches in width, 24 inches in height, and no less than 5.7 ft.² total. The window well itself must be no less than 9 ft.² total of uninhibited space, and if deeper than 3 feet must have a protective cover on top to protect against accidental fall ins. This window in particular had intricate trim on the inside with wanes coating and chair rail, which made the trim around the window a bit tricky. Also, we had to lower the window itself just enough so when open, it would clear the HVAC bulkhead above.
We also added a sump pump system in the window well to protect it from overflowing and flooding the basement because there was no drain tile. This is one of the most important things to do correctly when installing an egress window. This client wanted to sell his house and maximize the sale price. He had a four bedroom and wanted to make a fifth bedroom before he put it on the market. This window not only changed the space entirely in the basement with natural light and air ventilation, it also added that extra bedroom, which was crucial to maximizing the profit when selling the house. JDS Home Improvement are the Maryland Egress Specialists. Please give us a call if you are interested in getting a quote for an egress window system. We work in DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Call us today, we are happy to give you a free estimate to make your basement safe and add that other legal bedroom you’ve been looking for.