Escapable e-grass windows in deck??

RockiesMamaJune 24, 2012

We are having a deck built over 2 basement e-grass windows. The deck will be about 1-2 above these windows. One of the windows will be covered with bars subway style at deck level, but the other window needs to be escapable. Any suggestions on how we should do this in a stylish, yet functional way??

Thanks for any input!

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Do not think one exists and I do not believe one would pass code if it did exist.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 8:52PM
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I don't understand the question really. Do you have to have egress up through the deck, is that what you are saying?

Basement level egress windows in my neighborhood have grates over the well, and for security reasons they have a chain that attaches to a hasp with an easily removable pin, from inside the window well.

It keeps people from getting in through your window but allows you to easily open it from the inside. You would not need it to lock down like this but the grate of this type would work. I would think that a wooden slatted "grate" that fit into a recess but was flush with the deck surface and could easily be pushed up would also work. You may need to provide a ladder to climb up onto the deck Some egress wells have these built-in.

My building has some hinged grates that are held by locks that can be opened from the inside. I don't know that this would meet current International Residential Building Code, but is acceptable as preexisting by the Fire Department who has made us upgrade our smoke detector and alarm system several times in my residence here, but has not requested that the grates over the egress windows have their locks removed.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 10:40PM
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Your questions are very confusing. Bars installed at deck level? I thought you said the windows are under the deck?
Stylish in what way, the appearance from the basement or outside?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 1:54PM
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