There is no doubt adding a basement egress window changes the dynamic of any home in which it’s installed.
Usually an egress window is retrofitted in existing homes. Homeowners are creating something from nothing. An egress window, when properly installed, increases livable square footage to the basement area. Options include bedrooms, bathrooms, rec rooms and more. It all becomes square footage Realtors and appraisers count as livable area.
In new construction, builders can create valuable square footage without increasing building expenses at all. Because the window is cut into an existing foundation, no additional building material will be needed to create this useable space.
An Egress Window Delivers Value To Homeowners
The monetary value a basement egress window can add to a home is not the only value it has. Egress windows create an entirely new dimension in the livability of a home. The benefits for a small investment are many. Egress windows add –
• Safety – a new fire escape route
• Livable square footage
• Value to home
• Aesthetic improvements
• Natural light in the basement
Easy & Affordable Basement Egress Windows
The really exciting thing about adding an egress window is it can be done for such a reasonable price. For under $4 – $5,000, Sims Remodeling and Exteriors can plan, install and finish the basic landscaping around the area. When you consider the increased natural light, additional safety, aesthetic improvements along with the value it delivers in terms of immediate livable space and home value, it really is a smart home improvement. The steps of a retrofit project include –
• Excavating the dirt
• Cutting the concrete in the foundation
• Installing a wood frame
• Installing the window
• Adding weather tight cedar
• Installing the escape well
• Back filling the dirt
• Grading to finish
• Adding cedar mulch (optional)
The one thing a homeowner may want to plan to do themselves is finishing the inside trim. Our experience is in most cases the interior look is something the homeowner prefers to control, which makes a great deal of sense given they want it to match the existing decor.
Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, Inc. specialize in egress window projects to improve the value and usability of your home. We serve the Madison WI area including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon, Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest and all of Dane County Wisconsin.
Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, Inc. – 608-825-4500 or email for basement egress window and remodeling services and Madison WI.