Many people considering a basement remodel often wonder if they need to install egress windows as if it's something they are only doing because they have to. The reality is, adding egress windows to a basement is one of the best ways to make your basement more livable.
Adding egress to your basement isn't only about safety. It's important to have a way to escape in case something blocks your normal exit out of your basement, but you can also take advantage of this code requirement and design what can be the best part of your basement.
Our suggestion is to choose the biggest window you possibly can. You're already paying for the digging, concrete cutting, and installation, why not add just a bit more and create a focal point that everyone can enjoy.
Next, think of your egress window as your connection to the outside. Not only will it let a lot of light into your basement living space, but it's possible to design a nice, relaxing view. Tiers down the side or different sized potted plants can add lots of green texture and bring nature down to you. Put your couch or chairs under the egress filled with plants and when sitting, you'll feel like you're in the outdoors, which is the opposite of what most basements feel like. Lay some nice rock at the bottom of the well and it will keep dirt from splashing up on the glass when it rains and will bring a nice touch of zen.
It might seem like a lot to add egress, but if you do it right, you'll be very happy with it. So happy that if you do another basement project, you might want to add extra windows. We did.