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no outside basement egress?

Posted by scrappy25 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 1, 10 at 21:57

I've looked at a few mid to high end houses lately and am surprised that there is no outside basement egress in these homes. I know that basements are not common in the Southwest, but on the East Coast they are pretty standard, and even our first two starter homes have a door exiting outside from the basement. In our current home, we added a Scapewell window and well in addition to the door to the outside- it added so much light that the basement almost became a daylight window. It seems that it would not have been much additional cost when these homes were build to provide for egress, but I am sure the retrofitting costs are much higher. Just wondering if anyone else feels really uncomfortable in a basement without egress.

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RE: no outside basement egress?

When the choice is mine, I always build with a walkout basement. But it's not Code here and many clients could care less. I've even built some houses with gun slit basement windows only 10" high, so there is no chance of escape if the main entrance is blocked or lost.

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