- Meet IRC 2000 Section 310 Egress Code
- Beautify the basement
- Allow up to twice as much living space
Safety is the main reason for installing a basement egress window well. If an unfortunate emergency occur, the occupants can safely leave the basement. Or emergency crews can enter the basement.
As a side benefit, the large opening against the foundation of the house made by the egress window well allows sunlight to enter. The natural light beautifies the basement and adds to the ambiance of the area. Many basement egress window wells also include tiers inside them to allow planters to be filled with plants. This also adds to the beauty of the basement.
Homeowners remodeling a home and builders building a new home would like to have a larger living space. By meeting the building codes for basement egress a finished basement can nearly double the living area. In fact, basement living space is the most affordable living area to build in a home.