Adding Basement Windows to Your Home

September 27, 2014

Converting your basement to a finished living space will greatly increase the overall living area of your home and also increase the market value of your property. Adding basement windows to your home will be an important step in this home makeover project.

While you may be quite capable of performing the interior work yourself, the major work of adding basement windows should be left up to a professional contractor. A reputable window contractor will inspect the structure prior to performing any work and will obtain the proper building permits, if required.

Let the Light Shine In:

In the past basements were dark, dingy spaces that were primarily used for storage. Adding basement windows will allow natural light to shine in. This can totally change the feel of the living space. Adding basement windows will also allow fresh air to circulate. Some older homes in Illinois don’t have existing basement windows. If this is the case in your house contact One Source Renovation for a FREE Quote.

Upgrade Existing Basement Windows:

Your home may already features basement windows, in this case adding basement windows may not be necessary, however it may be time for an upgrade. Older windows are not energy efficient. Inspect the windows for air leaks and repair or replace seals as necessary.

Adding Basement Windows as a Means of Egress:

Another consideration when finishing your basement is ensuring that you have a means of egress by adding basement windows. Now that your basement is a living space it is even more important to have an escape route in the event of a fire or other emergency. While building codes vary across the county the most common minimum requirements for basement windows are:

  • a clear window opening of 5.7 SQ/FT
  • a minimum window height of 24 inches
  • a minimum window width of 20 inches
  • the bottom point of the clear opening must be no more than 44 inches from the floor

Check your local building code in Illinois to ensure your existing windows comply. Or call the at (815)-634-8922 for FREE advice on meeting the code in these cities: Aurora, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, Channahon, Morris, New Lenox, Frankfort, Mokena, and Orland Park.

Basement Decorating Tips:

With the major renovation complete, it’s time to decorate your new basement living space! You may be converting your basement for use as a recreation room or den, an exercise room or perhaps the addition of another bedroom ,or even a second kitchen area or wet bar. Check out this video for some basement decorating tips and unique basement features. Take note of the basement window egress ladder: