By definition, an egress window is a large opening in a dwelling which provides an emergency exit in the event of a fire. Beyond providing a secondary escape route, an egress window additionally enhances a basement space with natural light and ventilation. Residential safety codes require egress windows for basement bedrooms and living spaces. These code requirements define specific window sizes, based on the living space, and other measurements, such as height from the floor, to ensure safe exit.
The cost of an egress window varies based on its specifications and other installation variables, but the Bright Idea Egress solution is specifically designed to be more cost effective than traditional solutions, with our complete egress window kits starting at $1495 and install process engineered for additional cost savings.
The Bright Idea Egress window kit design requires less excavation than any other solution. The most significant labor component in egress window installation is excavation, which involves not only digging the dirt out but a corresponding effort in backfilling and hauling excess dirt away. The amount of dirt removed not only translates into cost, but also into potential risk to your foundation. Our patented steel Exo-Frame and unique window well design with interior flanges involve significantly less excavation than any competitive solution, thereby resulting in a lower total cost.
If you're a capable DIY handyman and complete all the work, including excavation, the foundation cut and using one of our kits, your basic egress window starts at $1495.
If you do the dig, but outsource the foundation cut and egress kit installation to a contractor, we typically see a total installation cost using one of our kits starting at $2750.
And if you outsource all of the work, including excavation, to a contractor, we typically see a total project cost starting at $3800, including the use of our kit.
Please note that these estimates are using our smallest egress window kit, using a 29″ x 47″ European Tilt & Turn, and do not account for construction cost variances across local markets. We are happy to clarify any details of these estimates and answer any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
Egress window code is a requirement intended to ensure a person can escape a building through a window in an emergency. Most codes also require windows to be large enough for a firefighter with his pack on to enter through them. The minimum standards of egress window sizes are uniformly defined by building code requirements of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC). The key concerns to conform with building code include:
This diagram illustrates these egress window minimum size and code requirements:
The following code requirements for both natural light and ventilation in basement settings may be required, check with your local jurisdiction:
The short answer is yes! The necessity of permitting varies by geography, but 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) requirements are enforced almost everywhere.
Some jurisdictions might also require an engineering study to obtain a permit. If you can’t find the information you’re searching for online, don’t be afraid to call your local building department for clarification on the meaning of any local code requirements. We can also provide a template that streamlines your permit application and help you fill it out at a nominal cost.
You should also reach out to the local utilities in your area to notify them about your intent to dig on your property. Each state has an “811” number and website you can contact to have underground cables, wires and utilities marked to ensure that you’re excavating safely.
If the work is done in Colorado, we can provide you a stamped engineering study for $250-400 which streamlines your permit application. If the install is happening outside of Colorado, you are welcome to download this non-stamped engineering study and use it as a reference guide.
For more in-depth information read here about everything you need to know about egress window permits.
To reduce as much guesswork as possible, we provide a complete integrated solution with every material and component required to install your egress window.
The Bright Idea Egress window kit is packed and shrinkwrapped on a shipping pallet, with our smallest kit size weighing in at approximately 300 pounds. When we calculate shipping costs, we default to liftgate delivery at your shipping destination. Alternately if you can pick up the kit at a nearby shipping terminal. The latter option saves you some shipping cost involved with liftgate service. Please visit our Shipping page to learn more about shipping options.