The addition of a window can improve the look and feel of your basement space
When it comes to installing or enlarging basement windows, there is a lot more to the process than meets the eye.
The first thing to decide is if you’re adding the window purely for cosmetic reasons or if you plan to add a bedroom, says CanWest Concrete & Coring marketing and media manager Dallas Lushman.
“People add windows to the basement for a lot of reasons, but the top two are usually to increase the value of their home by adding a bedroom or just wanting to have more natural light beaming into the area,” she says.
If you’re adding a new bedroom to the space, the window must meet residential building code standards, meaning an egress window is required.
“An egress window is large enough that a person could escape in the event of an emergency, such as a fire,” Lushman explains. “This is really important from a safety aspect and it’s actually a legal requirement.”
A window added to let in natural light can make your basement look and feel bigger and brighter.
“Regardless of the reasons people are adding basement windows, it increases the property value and improves the living quality, too,” says Lushman, adding CanWest Concrete Cutting & Coring not only adds or replaces windows but enlarges them as well.
What to check before adding a basement window
DO YOU NEED A PERMIT?
The City of Calgary requires property owners obtain permit when adding a new basement window or door because it is a change to the home’s permanent structure. Some of the regulations include how close a window can be to another window or a corner as it may affect the foundation. CanWest Concrete Cutting & Coring can help by narrowing down the right questions to ask City officials, and by creating a plan so the permit process goes smoothly.
ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS?
Make sure your subdivision doesn’t have any guidelines regarding basement windows. Some neighbourhoods in Calgary have strict rules regarding renovations that change the appearance of houses in their respective areas. It’s a good idea to check before you cut!